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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Building health resilience

ASPR leads public health and healthcare emergency response for our nation. We are the only federal agency that works at the crossroads of public health, health care, and emergency management. To guide these efforts ASPR worked with over 400 partners to develop the National Health Security Strategy, the first comprehensive roadmap to prepare for, respond to, and recover from health emergencies.

ASPR has made strategic improvements to strengthen response and recovery operations and make them more efficient. ASPR is the only agency that prepares the largely private health care system and coordinates with health care entities during emergency response operations. We have helped communities form the health care coalitions that play a vital role in providing the care people need when disaster strikes. Recognizing the value of working together in a highly competitive industry, almost 30,000 private health care entities have joined health care coalitions.

As we have seen through outbreaks of the Ebola virus in 2014 and H1N1 influenza virus in 2009, and the 2011 nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, health security is a global concern.  To help address global public health emergencies, like the Zika and Ebola outbreaks, ASPR maintains global partnerships and has designed solutions to the complex policy, legal, regulatory, logistical and funding challenges that exist to send or receive international assistance during public health emergencies.

National Health SecurityHospital and Health Care Coalitions Combatting Global Threats

  • This page last reviewed: December 13, 2016