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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

What is HHS doing to Support Science Preparedness?

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) leads and coordinates science preparedness, response and recovery within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Through this effort, ASPR links the scientific, public health, and emergency management disciplines using a collaborative approach integrating government agencies, academic institutions, private sector, and community organizations.

Post Hurricane Sandy, HHS agencies support scientific research recovery efforts through funding provided by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (DRAA) of 2013. These efforts represent a major step forward in advancing research post-disaster.

The next step in advancing scientific research during disasters is the development of rapid research mechanisms and infrastructure to expedite and enhance the timeliness of research efforts. Activities in this area include: the employment of rapid Institutional Review Board (IRB) capabilities; the pre-identification of scientific research responders and research networks; the development of pre-scripted clinical and scientific research protocols; and static and dynamic funding streams.

Vision Statement

A nation prepared with the scientific research and infrastructure necessary to make evidence-based decisions in the face of public health and medical threats. Communities, responders, and the nation can leverage science, to inform short- and long-term preparedness,  response, and recovery efforts.

Mission Statement

ASPR improves the health and resilience of the nation through leadership and coordination of collaborative emergency science preparedness, response and recovery efforts that leverage a whole community all-hazards approach before, during, and after large scale public health and medical emergencies and disasters.

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  • This page last reviewed: June 11, 2015