HHS Releases National Health Security Strategy

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) recently released the National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) for 2019-2022. The strategy provides a vision to strengthen the country’s ability to prevent, detect, assess, prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from various disasters and emergencies. The strategy details efforts to improve readiness, adapt to operational capabilities, and address evolving threats such as cyber warfare, emerging infectious diseases that could lead to a pandemic, and catastrophic natural and human-caused disasters.

The overarching objectives for the NHSS 2019-2022 include:

  • Preparing, mobilizing, and coordinating a whole-of-government approach to bring the full spectrum of federal medical and public health capabilities to support state, local, tribal, and territorial authorities in a public health emergency, disaster, or attack
  • Protecting the nation from the health effects of emerging and pandemic infectious diseases and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats
  • Leveraging the capabilities of the private sector

The full NHSS for 2019-2022 is available here.