Michigan Mortuary Response Team: One Approach to Fatality Management


Jessica Gould is the Healthcare Preparedness Specialist for the Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness (BETP), Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response (DEPR) at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She has worked in Public Health for the last 19 years, ranging from the Public Health Laboratory, Medical Examiner’s Office, and Public Health Preparedness. She joined BETP in early 2019 and works to provide specialized policy and operations analysis, procedural and reporting development, along with advice and guidance on the implementation of diverse activities related to the state’s hospital and pre-hospital emergency preparedness and response program. She also serves as the program coordinator for the Michigan Mortuary Operations Response Team and Special Pathogens Response Network. She has been a part of multiple responses, most recently the COVID-19 Response.

This session will recognize the indicators and trippers to the implementation of a hospital, regional, and state mass fatality response where the surge is impacting multiple hospitals in a large geographic area.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the key elements in planning for and responding to a healthcare coalition-wide mass fatality incident impacting hospitals including using the Michigan Mortuary Response Team (MI-MORT).