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Strategic Goal 1: Prepare for Future Public Health Emergencies and Disasters

2022-2026 ASPR Strategic Plan

ASPR must be ready to execute public health and medical missions in response to a wide variety of human-caused and naturally occurring threats and hazards. Preparedness as a process involves a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action to ensure an effective response. ASPR will continue to prepare for current and future threats by ensuring its portfolio of validated capabilities integrates with and enhances those of federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT), and healthcare and public health partners.

ASPR is improving healthcare readiness and our medical surge capacity by leveraging and expanding upon established investments in healthcare preparedness capabilities. ASPR is also working to protect the country against potential known and unknown threats by accelerating the development and stockpiling of lifesaving medical countermeasures (MCMs) that can be readily adapted for and used against new threats. Finally, ASPR is helping communities better anticipate public health and medical needs during disasters by providing comprehensible, data-driven tools that can be used immediately to inform decision-making.

SNS Supplies being off loaded from a supply plane 

While we do not know what the next crisis will be, we do know that ASPR will respond. ASPR’s preparedness capabilities must be resilient and adaptable to a wide variety of threats.

Objective 1.1 Key Milestones:

  1. Identify all likely national health security threats—both human-made and naturally occurring—and ensure that ASPR has a response plan in place for each of the threats. In addition, a general set of protocols should be put in place to handle responses to unanticipated threats.
  2. Develop and secure necessary public health emergency and other disaster capabilities, including the needed people, facilities, processes, resources, and assets to prepare for all relevant national health security threats identified above.
  3. Accelerate the advanced development and procurement of MCMs and, in collaboration with our HHS colleagues at CDC and FDA, develop utilization strategies that best protect the nation against future or emerging threats.
  4. Create protocols to expand the healthcare system's ability to surge and adapt during a response, including during novel and simultaneous threats.

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