ASPR Releases New National Health Security Strategy

The National Health Security Strategy and Implementation Plan (NHSS/IP) 2015-2018 was released on Friday, February 20, 2015 by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). Hundreds of organizations and agencies participated in crafting the strategy to develop recommended actions that are realistic and achievable.

The latest NHSS is streamlined from the first one and now contains the following five strategic objectives in which federal agencies will focus resources and programs:

  1. Build and sustain healthy, resilient communities.
  2. Enhance the national capability to produce and effectively use both medical countermeasures and non-pharmaceutical interventions.
  3. Ensure comprehensive health situational awareness to support decision-making before incidents and during response and recovery operations.
  4. Enhance the integration and effectiveness of the public health, healthcare, and emergency management systems.
  5. Strengthen global health security.

In addition, ASPR released the National Health Security Review (NHSR) 2010-2014, which describes progress that the nation has made—along with its persistent challenges—in strengthening national health security over the past four years.

For more information and to obtain a copy of the NHSS/IP 2015-2018 and NHSR 2010-2014, visit or email

About Frances Bevington

Frances Bevington is the Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist for Public Health Preparedness at NACCHO. Her work includes emergency and risk communications planning, strategic messaging, and multichannel marketing for the adoption of best practices in public health preparedness. Twitter: @Wilkington

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