On Public Health Security - February 2013

February 2013

On Public Health Security

Providing a Gateway to National Public Health Security Partnerships


Dear Partners,

The mission of CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) is heavily dependent on engaging partners to maximize the impact of our work to keep America safe 24/7/365 from all health, safety and security threats, both foreign and domestic. In light of this, we have renewed PHPR’s focus on enhancing existing partnerships and identifying new opportunities to work with partners on our projected priority goals and strategies.

Every 4 years, HHS updates its strategic plan, which describes its work to address complex, multifaceted, and ever-evolving health and human service issues. Cascading from the HHS Strategic Plan and the National Health Security Strategy, the CDC develops priorities that each center, institute, and/or office (CIO) then adopts and addresses within their area of expertise.

PHPR’s projected priority goals

Here is a glimpse of these CDC priorities set by our Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, and how PHPR and our partners plan to support these in the coming years (2013-2017).

Maximize the intersection of public health and clinical medicine

  1. Improve readiness to dispense emergency medical countermeasures in a crisis.
  2. Improve healthcare and community preparedness through new public-private partnerships (PPP) and better use of social media.

Build and sustain the public health infrastructure

  1. Support the use of electronic Health Record (EHR) and nationwide electronic death registration systems (EDRS) to enhance Public Health Preparedness.
  2. Achieve interagency alignment of all preparedness-related grants and cooperative agreements including a new agency-wide grant and program management IT solution.
  3. Provide opportunities for state and local workforce development through support of the public health preparedness capabilities.

Increase health security

  1. Develop a national health security preparedness index to provide objective, evidence-based measures to policy makers and practitioners.
  2. Enhance the National Select Agent Registry (NSAR) to allow for secure, web-based registration of biological select agents and toxins, thereby, improving our national biosecurity by making this real-time information available to federal policy and decision makers during a response to public health emergencies.
  3. Support International Health Regulations (IHR) implementation through enhancement of public health emergency management capacities in priority countries in focal areas of preparedness, response, and risk communication.

As we seek ways to implement our strategy to meet our goals, I welcome your feedback and expertise. If you want to offer suggestions or assistance to meet these goals, please contact us (PHPRPartners@cdc.gov) with your ideas. 

Thank you,

Ali S. Khan, MD MPH

Assistant Surgeon General (retired) & Director

Office of Public Health Preparedness & Response

DHHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Visit us at the Summit!

PHPR will be at the 2013 Public Health Preparedness Summit held in Atlanta March 12–15. Register now, and stop by the PHPR booth to learn more about our forthcoming Partner Portal!

Help expand our reach!

PHPR’s Communication Office has recognized the Do 1 Thing project as a community effort that reflects and embodies FEMA's “Whole Communityapproach to emergency management. Do 1 Thing, a web-based preparedness program, encourages participants to become better prepared by tackling one topic each month of 2013. We hope you will partner with us to expand the reach of this campaign by tweeting, re-posting or commenting on this blog series.

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