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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Civilian Response Corps

The core Mission of Department of State’s Reconstruction and Stabilization Initiative is to lead, coordinate and institutionalize U.S. Government civilian capacity to prevent or prepare for post-conflict situations, and to help stabilize and reconstruct societies in transition from conflict or civil strife, so they can reach a sustainable path toward peace, democracy, a market economy, and social well being. 

What is the CRC?

The Civilian Response Corps (CRC) brings together civilian federal agencies and their employees who are specially trained and equipped to deploy rapidly to provide reconstruction and stabilization assistance to countries in crisis or emerging from conflict.  The Department of State and USAID employees form the foundation of reconstruction and stabilization staff.  Other domestic federal agencies participating in the CRC along with HHS include the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Homeland Security, Justice and Transportation. 

Failing and post-conflict states pose one of the greatest national and international security challenges of our day, threatening vulnerable populations, their neighbors, our allies, and ourselves.  The Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization supports interagency goals to enhance the U.S. institutional capacity to respond to crises involving failing, failed, and post-conflict states and complex emergencies.  

HHS and the CRC

As the primary Federal Agency responsible for public health and medical emergency planning, preparations, response, and recovery, HHS’s elite team of highly qualified public health professionals and subject matter experts provide critical services that strengthen the impact of the Civilian Response Corps (CRC). 

The breadth of expertise HHS has to lend to reconstruction and stabilization efforts is as broad as the scope of the public health field itself.  The HHS CRC is supported within the Office of the  Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations (OPEO), International Response Programs Branch.

  • This page last reviewed: November 20, 2013