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NBSB Working Groups and Subcommittee

WORKING GROUPS

All Hazards Science Response Working Group
Established under the National Biodefense Science Board, the All Hazards Science Response Working Group (AHSR-WG) will investigate strategies on how the United States Government might better deal with knowledge gaps and research needs as part of an inclusive response to future hazards and public health emergencies.  The topics to be addressed will include (but not be limited to) what must be done in advance to enable this response, the specification of the major components of such a science response, and how this response might be operationalized.  The AHSR-WG will develop recommendations to the NBSB on a way forward to the development of an All Hazards Science Response Strategy by exploring these vital topics.

Anthrax Vaccine Working Group
Established under the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), the Anthrax Vaccine (AV) Working Group (WG) will investigate particular issues around the use of Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed (AVA), in pediatric populations.  The AV WG will identify and explore the risk and benefits of using AVA vaccine in pediatric populations, including risk communication, legal and ethical considerations, and challenges through the continuum of preparedness and response.  By September 22, 2011, the AV WG will generate a written report with recommendations for deliberation and vote by the NBSB for the Secretary of Health and Human Services synthesizing the issues and best course of action to prepare for a potential use of AVA in pediatric populations.

Community Health Resilience Working Group
Established under the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), the Community Health Resilience (CHR) Working Group (WG) will explore the concepts and issues and make actionable recommendations to the NBSB regarding policies and actions that will build and help sustain community health resilience.

Disaster Medicine Working Group
Established under the National Biodefense Science Board, the Disaster Medicine Working Group is able to provide advice to the NBSB in the broad area of disaster medicine and public health preparedness which includes planning, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from significant events impacting the health and well being of individuals and populations.  Disaster Medicine professionals and responders, a multi disciplinary group from the health care, public health, emergency management and commercial/academic sectors provide insight, guidance and expertise on the principles and practice of medicine and public health in preparing for and responding to the broad range of disasters and the resulting health needs of affected individuals, communities and populations with the overarching goal of insuring and protecting our National Health Security.

Future of the NBSB Working Group
Established under the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) at the request of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.  The Working Group will explore NBSB priorities for the future, and perform an analysis of current NBSB Working Groups, to include: Membership expertise, the utility of current tasks and responsibilities, and what new tasks should be undertaken.  The Board’s interaction with the Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee will also be analyzed

Medical Countermeasures Markets and Sustainability Working Group
Established under the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), the Medical Countermeasure Markets and Sustainability Working Group (M&S-WG) will evaluate existing financial, policy and regulatory issues that influence industry willingness to invest in the development of vaccines and therapeutic products for use as medical countermeasures.  The M&S-WG will consider how current research, development, and procurement efforts relate to questions of market sustainability and product development. M&S-WG deliberations will focus on strategies that encourage greater industry participation in the development of new medical countermeasures and increase industry efforts to gain approval of licensed products for new indications as medical countermeasures.

Medical Countermeasures Research and Development Working Group
Established under the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), the Medical Countermeasure Research and Development Working Group (MCMR&D-WG) will review the status of USG collaboration and integration of medical countermeasure research and development processes.  Recommendations on interactions and processes across the scope of USG medical countermeasure efforts that would enhance interagency collaboration and improve coordination of activities will be provided by the Working Group to the NBSB.

Medical Countermeasures Working Group
Established under the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), the Medical Countermeasures Working Group (MCM-WG) is to perform a robust analysis of the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE) utilizing data generated through a series of white papers commissioned by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) plus the Institute of Medicine (IOM) workshop examining two broad issues; 1) the market forces and incentives that contribute to or detract from the government's ability to meet its preparedness goals, and 2) an analysis of stockpiling, distribution, dispensing and use strategies, and the NBSB sponsored workshop on the strategic management, leadership and accountability structure of the Enterprise.  By March 26, 2010, the MCM-WG will generate a written report for the Secretary of Health and Human Services synthesizing the issues and challenges facing the PHEMCE, and at the discretion of the Board, suggest policy options to optimize it.

Pandemic Influenza Working Group
Established under the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), the Pandemic Influenza Working Group (PI-WG) will consider scientific progress and policy options regarding the research and development portfolio of medical countermeasures, supplies, and product utilization to prevent, treat, and mitigate the effects of a novel strain of human influenza during a pandemic. Other issues related to pandemic influenza may be considered by the PI-WG as they arise.  The Working Group will report their findings to the NBSB. ​​

Personal Preparedness and Community Resilience Working Group
Established under the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), the Personal Preparedness Working Group (PP-WG) was formed in response to information presented at the Board’s June 2008 meeting regarding specific efforts to promote personal preparedness at the individual citizen level. The WG will consider the scientific background, practical implications and policy options regarding personal preparedness. Although the WG was initially charged with the evaluation of personal preparedness from an all-hazard perspective, the group's charge was expanded to include community resilience in September 2010.

Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise Strategic Implementation Plan Working Group
Established under the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), the PHEMCE SIP WG will perform an analysis and review of the 2012 PHEMCE SIP to ensure that it addresses the most significant threats, supports approaches that build platforms capable of providing protection against multiple threats, and maintains resources to effectively deploy capabilities in the operational setting. The PHEMCE SIP envisioned will protect the health and safety of US citizens by ensuring that the nation has the ability to effectively develop, stockpile, deploy, utilize and sustain medical countermeasures (MCMs) needed to protect the nation from a wide spectrum of intentional and naturally occurring threats. The WG will obtain feedback from key stakeholders at multiple levels, including the public, and across various interest areas. The PHEMCE SIP WG group will submit a letter evaluating the full PHEMCE SIP at near completion, by the end of 2012, to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.​

Public Health and Healthcare Situational Awareness Strategic Implementation Plan Working Group
Established under the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), the Public Health and Healthcare Situational Awareness (SA) Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) WG will review and evaluate the Public Health and Healthcare SA SIP as it is developed and offer guidance and recommendations on the necessary metrics to enhance the current national public health and healthcare SA capabilities. In addition, the WG will assess current biosurveillance activities, identify efficiencies, and make recommendations in coordination with the applicable existing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committees. In the course of this assessment, the WG will engage key stakeholders to provide expert input and practical perspectives, and will submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the NBSB for a final vote prior to the deadline established in the future reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act.

Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise Strategic Preparedness Goals Working Group
Established under the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), the Strategic Preparedness Goals (SPG) Working Group, will provide support and expertise in the determination of the best methodologies to use to achieve a rational and realistic balance between the preparedness goals and objectives stated in the 2012 United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) PHEMCE Implementation Plan and real resource capacity. These recommendations to the NBSB will explore ways to ensure that our nation has appropriate and reasonable medical countermeasures and the capability to deploy them when needed to counter any threat as assessed by ASPR.

SUBCOMMITTEE

Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee
The Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee, established under the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will provide advice and guidance for discussion and deliberation to the NBSB.  The NBSB will provide recommendations to the Secretary on matters of special interest to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding protecting, preserving, and restoring individual and community mental health in catastrophic health event settings, including pre-event, intra-event, and post-event education, messaging, and interventions, with the long term goal of enhancing capabilities at the State and local level for addressing disaster mental health.

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  • This page last reviewed: January 08, 2014