Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
ASPR’s mission is to save lives and protect Americans from 21st century health security threats. To do this, ASPR focuses on four priorities:
ASPR provides strong leadership, including clear policy direction and improved threat awareness. We are working to secure the resources needed to ensure medical and public health preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters and emergencies.
ASPR provides strong leadership by:
Advising the HHS SecretaryAdvising the Secretary on all matters related to federal public health and medical preparedness and response for public health emergencies. ASPR coordinates with all federal interagency partners.
Supporting ReadinessSupporting readiness at the state, local, territorial, and tribal (SLTT) levels by coordinating federal grants and cooperative agreements and carrying out drills and operational exercises.
Enhancing Medical Surge CapacityEnhancing medical surge capacity by organizing, training, equipping, and deploying federal public health and medical personnel and providing logistical support during federal responses.
Overseeing Medical CountermeasuresOverseeing the medical countermeasures enterprise via BARDA and PHEMCE.
Leading Policy FormationLeading policy formation by coordinating policy initiatives and providing strategic direction on all matters related to federal public health and medical preparedness and response.
ASPR is developing a regional disaster health response system (RDHRS) by leveraging and enhancing existing programs – such as the Hospital Preparedness Program and the National Disaster Medical System – to create a more coherent, comprehensive, and capable healthcare system integrated into daily care delivery.
The RDHRS will be a tiered system that emphasizes the use of local healthcare coalitions and trauma centers that integrate their medical response capabilities with federal facilities and local emergency medical services.
Integrating Medical Response Capabilities Integrating medical response capabilities, including federal facilities and emergency medical services (EMS).
Expanding Specialty Care Expertise Expanding specialty care expertise in trauma and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear casualty management.
Coordinating Medical Response Coordinating medical response through mutual aid across state, local, tribal, territorial, and regional jurisdictions.
Integrating Measures of Preparedness Integrating measures of preparedness into daily standards of care through healthcare system incentives.
Building on Regional Healthcare CoalitionsBuilding on regional healthcare coalitions and better integrating public and private sector partners to improve preparedness and response.
ASPR advocates for the sustainment of robust and reliable public health security capabilities, primarily through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but also through other components of HHS, including an improved ability to detect and diagnose infectious diseases and other threats, as well as the capability to rapidly dispense medical countermeasures in an emergency.
ASPR promotes robust and reliable public health security capabilities at the federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal levels by advocating for:
Enhancing Disease Situational Awareness Enhancing disease situational awareness domestically and abroad, including detection, identification, and investigation.
Strengthening Disease Containment Strengthening disease containment, including capabilities for isolation, quarantine, social distancing, and decontamination.
Improving Risk Communication Improving risk communication and public preparedness.
Improving Medical Countermeasure Distribution Ensuring rapid distribution and administration of medical countermeasures.
ASPR advances an innovative medical countermeasures enterprise by capitalizing on advances in biotechnology and science to develop and maintain a robust stockpile of safe and effective vaccines, medicines, and supplies to respond to 21st century threats, such as chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents and attacks; emerging disease outbreaks; and pandemics.
ASPR oversees the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), which leads the advanced research, development, and procurement of medical countermeasures.
ASPR enhances the medical countermeasures enterprise by:
Prioritizing Threats Effectively Ensuring the medical countermeasures enterprise is driven by current and future threats.
Streamlining Processes Streamlining and simplify internal processes.
Promoting Innovation Promoting innovation and capitalizing on advances in science and biotechnology.
Sustaining Progress Sustaining the progress made in medical countermeasure preparedness over the last decade.
Ensuring Rapid Distribution Ensuring medical countermeasures can be rapidly dispensed and distributed to reach the people who need them.
Engaging and Training First Responders Engaging and training first responders on the deployment and use of medical countermeasures.
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