The National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) and is developed by the HSS ASPR every four years.
The goal of the 2019-2022 NHSS is “to prevent, detect, assess, prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies, including strategies to improve readiness and adapt operational capabilities to address new and evolving threats.”
Some of our nation’s largest 21st-century threats are extreme weather events becoming more frequent and severe, infectious diseases with pandemic potential emerging globally and risking growing with resistance to antibiotics, a CBRN incident, cyber threats, and advances in biotechnology.
The three main objectives of the NHSS are to…
1. prepare, mobilize, and coordinate a whole-of-government approach, also known as a whole-of-nation approach, focusing on planned public-private partnerships allowing for increased collaboration.
2. protect the Nation from Emerging and Pandemic Infectious Diseases and CBRN Threats.
3. leverage the capabilities of the private sector.