Push Partner Registry

Thank you for your interest in the Push Partner Registry (PPR).

Push Partners are companies and organizations that are willing to partner with Public Health during large public health emergencies.  Push Partners can serve a number of vital roles in an emergency.  In a worst case biological terrorism scenario, Push Partners may help get life saving medication, with appropriate guidance from Public Health, to their staff and families.  In events that are not public health emergencies, or where there is not a medication to give, Push Partners may be called upon to assist in sharing information with their staff and clients. 


Push Partners in the Portland metropolitan region include:

Large employers - Private and public organizations with large numbers of staff on centrally located campuses.

Disabilities, Access and functional needs service providers - Organizations which help people who cannot attend (such as residents of long term care facilities or prison inmates) or are unlikely to attend (the homeless population) public health medication distribution sites. Serves employees and their families plus clients in their care.

Planned responders - Organizations with a written or implied role in emergency plans (includes first responders and critical infrastructure agencies).


How to use the tools on this page:

1.  Our "Taking Care of Business" video and Protecting Your Organization During Public Health Emergencies brochure provide a useful overview for your convenience.

2.  If you'd like more information, please see "Dispensing Site Workbook for Businesses" and "Liability Protection for Public Health Partners".

3.  To begin planning for your organization, scroll down to the Tools for Push Partners section.

4.  Ready to enroll?  Super! Here's the Enrollment Form.


Taking Care of Business Video



Tools for Push Partners:


Planning Resources (planning workbook, template plan)


POD Planning Workbook

MCM Response Plan Templates

1. Medium-Large Organization

2. Simple


Resources for talking to your people about being a Push Partner:


In an emergency where the Push Partner Registry is activated your anonymity, as a Push Partner, is very important to us.  We understand that you will be working hard to keep your operations going while also getting lifesaving medication to your employees and their families.  Some of you will also be focused on taking care of clients.  For these reasons, we will not tell the media or publish in any way your identity.   We may use general public messages like “please go to the most convenient point of dispensing or check with your employer” but we will leave it up to you to let your employees and clients know that you will have medication for them.

  • Simple half sheet flyer - The front talks about the organizations commitment to its employees and how it is a Push Partner.  On the back they chose to share good basic preparedness information as well as emergency communication resources.
  • Employee Information and FAQs  - 2 page information sheet to share with your employees that talks about why you chose to be a Push Partner, what the Push Partner Registry is, what Dispense Assist is and includes a list of FAQs


Liability Protection for Public Health Partners 

The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (Secretary) to issue a declaration (PREP Act declaration) that provides immunity from liability (except for willful misconduct) for claims of loss caused, arising out of, relating to, or resulting from administration or use of countermeasures to diseases, threats and conditions determined by the Secretary to constitute a present, or credible risk of a future public health emergency to entities and individuals involved in the development, manufacture, testing, distribution, administration, and use of such countermeasures. A PREP Act declaration is specifically for the purpose of providing immunity from liability, and is different from, and not dependent on, other emergency declarations





1) Closed PODs: Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat (SWOT)

Presentation includes:  Results of the SWOT analysis conducted during the 2009 Public Health Preparedness Summit in San Diego, CA and tools to assist state/local public health agencies conduct a SWOT analysis with an emphasis on Closed POD planning

Objective:  To discuss strategies to help public health establish partnership opportunities with various sectors within the community to support Closed POD planning.  By understanding major similarities and differences in what is important to various sectors, public health planners can tailor Closed POD recruiting messages and refine technical assistance methods appropriately