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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Legal Authorities, Policies and Strategies

HHS relies on a variety of legal authorities and policies to promote a rapid, coordinated, and effective response to public health emergencies. Find out about legal authorities, policies, and guidance that can contribute to effective planning and response to public health emergencies.

​Legal Authorities

​Amendments to the Public
Health Service Act

• 21st Century Cures Act of 2016

Emergency Declarations

Policies, Strategies & Directives


National Strategies and Plans

Threat Specific

HIPPA in Disasters


  • This page last reviewed: May 24, 2022