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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Health Security Strategy

Today, our nation faces a wide range of threats to national health security, including natural disasters; disease outbreaks and pandemics; chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear emergencies; and cybersecurity vulnerabilities. As health threats evolve, the way governments and stakeholders work together and carry out missions must evolve as well. Protecting Americans from 21st century health security threats takes a clear strategic direction and a host of strong partners.

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 OverviewNHSS Implementation Plan
NHSS Evaluation of Progress NHSS Archive


  • This page last reviewed: January 15, 2019