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Language: English

National Health Security Strategy 2023-2026


The 2019-2022 NHSS provides recommendations for strengthening the US's public health and health care systems' ability to prevent and respond to serious threats, such as CBRN weapons, cyber warfare, emerging infectious diseases, and other threats. The guidance describes a whole-of-government approach that also engages external partners.


The National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) assesses the current and future health security environment in the United States.

The 2023-2026 NHSS is focused on preparing the entire US government to respond in the event of a disaster, protect the nation from health threats, and foster partnerships between the government and the private sector on security issues. This strategy is accompanied by the 2023-2026 Implementation Plan, which provides a roadmap for improving health security capabilities, and the Evaluation of Progress 2019-2022, which assesses the nation’s progress towards the goals of the 2019-2022 NHSS.

The 2023-2026 NHSS outlines three strategic goals:

  • Strengthen health care and public health systems
  • Improve capabilities to safeguard and protect against an array of health security threats
  • Ensure a resilient and sustainable public health industrial base and supply chain

The NHSS is a key driver of the national implementation of public health and health security policy in the United States. It informs capacity-building programs in several American programs including the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program, the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE), the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), and the U.S. Health Security National Action Plan. Furthermore, it seeks to engage the whole health security community to ensure that its objectives are met. Therefore, this resource may be informative as an example of a strategy for a whole-of-government approach to health security.

The NHSS is updated every four years and is currently only available in English. HHS’s continued development and release of a national health security strategy is a requirement of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act.