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Language: English

National Health Security Strategy 2019-2022

United States Department of Health and Human Services (US HHS)

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 assesses the current and future health security environment in the United States. The 2019-2022 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 2019-2022 Implementation Plan (IP), which provides a roadmap for improving health security capabilities, and the 2015-2018 Evaluation of Progress (EOP), which assesses the nation’s progress in relation to current health security goals. The 2019-2022 NHSS is divided into two sections: an overview of the strategic environment and threat landscape and a strategic approach to those challenges. The strategy has been developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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 for members of the U.S. and serve 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.