|This refocusing will strengthen the community, integrate response and recovery systems, generate a framework for accountability and continuous quality improvement, and create seamless coordination between all levels of the medical system. The resulting NHSS will provide a common vision for how the nation will achieve national health security.
The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) was enacted in 2006 to improve the nation’s ability to detect, prepare for, and respond to a variety of public health emergencies. Among other things, PAHPA directs the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a National Health Security Strategy, presented to Congress in December 2009 and to be subsequently revised every four years afterward. The statutory authority and requirements for the NHSS are provided under section 2802 of the Public Health Service Act.