Last Updated: September 21, 2021
The Health Alert Network (HAN) is a nationwide system for coordinating and distributing important information about public health events. It helps us strengthen our emergency preparedness at the local, state and federal levels.
In Nebraska we use the HAN to distribute health alerts, prevention guidelines and other information. We can notify health care providers, hospitals, and local health departments immediately by e-mail and fax. We also have a voice notification system to reach our state public health employees and health departments immediately. We can also share information with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, laboratories, pharmacies, veterinarians and other health agencies. The HAN can also be used for distance learning, national disease surveillance, and electronic laboratory reporting.
The federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funds the HAN with grant money. Our goal is to improve the communications infrastructure for all Nebraska public health agencies and our partners. To help meet this goal, the HAN: