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Partner with us to Protect Healthcare and Public Health Infrastructure

Healthcare and Public Health critical infrastructure protection relies on a strong partnership between federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments with private sector owners and operators. All of these partners to think about risks, threats, best practices for preparedness, and challenges so that we can become more resilient as a whole.
 
  • Are you a member of federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government in public health preparedness, emergency management, or other healthcare infrastructure resilience issues?
  • Do you work for a private sector company who’s products or services are critical to healthcare resilience?
  • Are you a professional society for members who enhance resiliency of the healthcare and public health sector?
If you've answered yes to any of these questions, then consider joining the Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council!
 

What is the Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council?

The Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) represents private sector interests and perspectives in the public-private effort to protect the national healthcare infrastructure. Made up of representatives, organizations, trade associations, and professional societies who operate within the healthcare sector, the HSCC works to meet the specific needs of owners and operators and to inform and influence government policy and action with regard to infrastructure protection. The new HSCC mission formalizes this dual focus.

The HSCC Mission is to:

  • Serve the needs of sector owners/operators and associations (constituent customers) in regard to preparing for, responding to, and recovering from both significant hazards, including natural and manmade disasters, as well as national or regional health crises.
  • Advocate the interests of sector owners/ operators and associations (constituent customers) to state and federal agencies and legislators in order to enhance government policies, plans, and actions regarding infrastructure protection.

Benefits of HSCC Membership:

The HSCC is a diverse organization that engages all areas of the healthcare sector. Members gain up-to-the-minute access to critical information about threats, protection issues, and security resources. The HSCC also effectively voices member opinions and needs, acting as a major advocate in and resource for government involvement in the healthcare sector. By offering these resources, the HSCC enables its members to:

Graphic with three bubbles pointing to a hospital.  The bubbles are labeled Connect, Learn, Influence and each of those titles is followed by a list.    Connect:  Establish intra-sector and inter-sector contacts; Collaborate with and learn from peers; Benchmark against other organizations and identify best practices; and Stay connected and “in the loop” about what is going on in the sector.  Learn:  Make more informed decisions and plans; Identify opportunities to enhance products and services; Reduce uncertainty and mitigate business risk; Avoid unnecessary costs and errors; Reduce vulnerability and improve enterprise resilience and Maintain awareness of threats.  Influence:  Inform government action and policies; Access government contacts and resources before and during a crisis; Improve collaboration with emergency response agencies; and Ensure more effective deployment and utilization of your organization’s assets and expertise during a crisis.


 Get Involved

 
The effectiveness of the HSCC depends on the active participation of its members. Membership is open to all association representatives, owners and operators within the sector and offers many ways to get involved and make a difference.
 

Participate on a Committee

Subcouncils
 
The subcouncil is the basic unit of the HSCC, representing a significant portion of the nation’s healthcare system. Subcouncil members identify and address the business, information, and networking needs of customers, members, and member organizations.  Subcouncil groups include:
 
  • Direct Patient Healthcare
  • Health Information
  • Technology Health Plans and Payers
  • Laboratories, Blood, and Pharmaceuticals
  • Mass Fatality Management Services
  • Medical Materials Coordinating Group

HSCC Executive Committee

Drawn from the membership of the sub-councils, the HSCC Executive Committee members oversee the HSCC strategic plan and serve as a direct liaison with the Government Coordinating Council (GCC) and government agencies.
 

Standing  Workgroups

Standing workgroups monitor and manage issues of permanent relevance to the healthcare sector, such as supply chain and risk assessment. Standing workgroup members analyze and address some of the most pressing issues in the healthcare sector.

Joint standing working groups, which include members of both the government and sector coordinating councils bring partners together to tackle shared needs of the sector, such as Risk Management and broadening Awareness and Implementation of security and resilience practices.
 

Situational  Workgroups

Situational workgroups are formed by the HSCC Executive Committee to address specific needs identified by the sub-councils. Situational workgroup members offer their expertise and perspective alongside other members, subject matter experts, and government personnel to solve specific problems.
 

Use our Products and Services

The HSCC offers its members a wide range of products and services, including online tools, safety guides, secure channels, priority alerts, and conference calls. Using these products and services keeps members up-to-date on the latest security issues, promoting an informed and secure sector.

Getting Started

For more information, contact cip@hhs.gov
 

Critical Infrastructure Protection for the Healthcare and Public Health Sectors

  • This page last reviewed: November 18, 2015