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Building a Regional Disaster Health Response System

For Building a Regional Disaster Health Response System: ASPR Priorities: Goal 2

ASPR is working to create a regional disaster health response system that leverages and enhances existing programs - such as the Hospital Preparedness Program and the National Disaster Medical System - for a more coherent, comprehensive, and capable disaster-ready healthcare system integrated into daily delivery of care. This tiered system emphasizes the use of local health coalitions and trauma centers that integrate their medical response capabilities with federal facilities and local emergency medical services.


  • Integrating medical response capabilities, including federal facilities and emergency medical services.

  • Expanding specialty care expertise in trauma and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear casualty management.

  • Coordinating medical response through mutual aid across state, local, tribal, territorial, and regional
    jurisdictions.
  • Integrating measures of preparedness into daily standards of care through healthcare system incentives.

  • Building on regional healthcare coalitions and better integrating public and private sector partners to improve preparedness and response.
NDMS teams at ISQ training ASPR is building readiness and response for evolving 21st century health security threats.

  • This page last reviewed: April 03, 2019