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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Health Security Strategy (NHSS)

Health security is a collective responsibility among Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial governments and public and private partners, non-governmental organizations, academia, professional associations, communities, volunteers, families, and individuals. Together, we can strengthen U.S. public health and health care systems to confront serious risks, such as the use of CBRN weapons: cyber warfare; emerging infectious diseases with pandemic potential; and severe natural disasters and human-caused incidents..

The 2019-2022 National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) provides a vision to strengthen our nation’s ability to prevent, detect, assess, prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies. It describes strategies to improve readiness and adapt operational capabilities to address new and evolving threats. By coordinating a whole-of-government approach that engages external partners and supports public health authorities and health care stakeholders, we can better safeguard the health and well-being of people across the country.


National Health Security Strategy - Full Text   NHSS Overview

NHSS Implementation Plan​  NHSS Evaluation of Progress

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  • This page last reviewed: September 20, 2021