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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Strengthening the Health Care System

The ASPR Office of Emergency Management (OEM) helps local communities’ health care systems by enhancing their ability to maintain health care operations, even in the face of an emergency. OEM accomplishes this by providing resources to communities which enable them to facilitate disaster planning efforts and ensure the health care system can properly respond to threats to their infrastructure.

Investing in Health Care System Preparedness

OEM provides funding to states, territories, and eligible municipalities to improve regional health care system preparedness for public health and medical emergencies through the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP).

OEM also manages the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, Information Exchange (ASPR TRACIE), a healthcare emergency preparedness information gateway that ensures all stakeholders at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government levels; in nongovernmental organizations; and in the private sector have access to information and resources to improve preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts. ASPR TRACIE supports timely access to information and promising practices, identifies and remedies knowledge gaps, and provides users with responses to a range of requests for technical assistance.

Protecting the Nation’s Health Care System

OEM coordinates efforts to ensure the Healthcare and Public Health Sector has plans and programs needed to prepare for threats to their infrastructure, manage risks, and remain resilient during a disaster or emergency through the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program.

  • This page last reviewed: August 19, 2015