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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

What is Healthcare and Public Health Sector Critical Infrastructure Protection?

The nation depends on the continuity and availability of its healthcare system, especially during disasters and emergencies.  Every region in the U.S. subject to many different kinds of infrastructure failures that can be caused by natural threats, including extreme weather, earthquakes and/or wildfires, or manmade threats, such as terrorist threats, insider threats or supply chain disruptions.
If the infrastructure that the heathcare and public health sectors rely on breaks down or stops working, that could disrupt their ability to provide essential services to the public.  By protecting our nation's healthcare and public health infrastructure through coordinated efforts, we can better ensure that vital healthcare and public health services are available when disaster strikes.

What is HHS doing to Protect Critical Infrastructure in the Healthcare and Public Health Sectors

The Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) Sector Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Program in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response leads a unique public and private sector partnership known as the Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) in protecting the essential goods, services, and functions of healthcare and public health that, if destroyed or compromised would negatively affect the Nation. 

The CIP Program works with its partners to:

  • Develop guides and checklists to prepare facilities to bounce back after a disaster;
  • Implement the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) sector partnership and risk management framework;
  • Develop protective programs and actions to defend against, prepare for, and mitigate the consequences of a terrorist attack or other hazards;
  • Provide guidance on Healthcare and Public Health critical infrastructure protection;
  • Communicate the needs of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector throughout government;
  • Measure the sector's performance toward sector protection priorities;
  • Encourage information sharing among all sector partners; and
  • Submit sector plans and reports to DHS. 

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Critical Infrastructure Protection for the Healthcare and Public Health Sectors

  • This page last reviewed: February 08, 2018