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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

About the Hospital Preparedness Program

ASPR’s Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) provides leadership and funding through cooperative agreements to states, territories, and eligible metropolitan areas to improve the capacity of the health care system to plan for and respond to large-scale emergencies and disasters.

HPP supports regional collaboration and health care preparedness and response by encouraging the development and sustainment of health care coalitions (HCC). These coalitions incentivize often competitive health care organizations with differing priorities and objectives to work together to prepare for, respond to, and recover from all types of threats and emergencies. HPP funding also supports trainings and exercises that prepare HCC members to handle real emergencies.

As the only source of federal funding for health care system readiness, HPP improves patient outcomes, minimizes the need for federal and supplemental state resources during large-scale emergencies, and enables rapid recovery.
In addition to providing funding for health care preparedness and response, HPP offers guidance and technical assistance —through ASPR TRACIE and regionally-based field project officers— to help HCCs and their members achieve the 2017 – 2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities. When achieved, these capabilities represent an enhanced state of readiness for the country’s health care system. As the nation faces new and emerging threats, HPP will continue to provide essential leadership in health care preparedness and response.

In 2018, HPP celebrated 15 years of supporting health care system readiness around the country. Watch the anniversary video below for an overview of HPP.


Resources Overview

  • HPP Overview Fact Sheet: This fact sheet provides an overview of the HPP Cooperative Agreement program, highlighting key milestones and statistics.
  • Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 HPP Recipient Highlights​: Each of HPP’s 62 recipients has a tailored handout that highlights trends in HPP funding, spotlights on response, key priorities, and core member participation rates.
  • Core Member Spotlights​: Acute care hospitals, emergency management agencies, emergency medical services, and public health agencies are the four core members of HCCs. Learn about benefits of participation in these core member spotlights:
  • Stories from the Field: Stories from the Field demonstrate HPP’s impact by describing real-life examples of preparedness and response and highlighting achievements in health care readiness.

  • This page last reviewed: September 02, 2020