Se­be­lius un­veils U.S.’ first health se­cu­rity strat­egy

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HHS Sec­re­tary Kath­leen Se­be­lius an­nounced the na­tion’s first health se­cu­rity strat­egy, which fo­cuses on the health of Amer­i­cans dur­ing a large-scale emer­gency. The strat­egy es­tab­lishes pri­or­i­ties for both gov­ern­ment and non­govern­ment ac­tiv­i­ties for the next four years. The strat­egy and im­ple­men­ta­tion guide out­line 10 ob­jec­tives to achieve health se­cu­rity, which in­clude de­vel­op­ing and main­tain­ing the work­force needed for na­tional health se­cu­rity; in­cor­po­rat­ing post-in­ci­dent health re­cov­ery into plan­ning and re­sponse; work­ing with cross-bor­der and global part­ners to en­hance na­tional, con­ti­nen­tal and global health se­cu­rity; and pro­mot­ing an ef­fec­tive coun­ter­mea­sures en­ter­prise, which is a process to de­velop, buy and dis­trib­ute med­i­cal coun­ter­mea­sures. The Pan­demic and All-Haz­ards Pre­pared­ness Act di­rected the HHS sec­re­tary to de­velop the na­tional health se­cu­rity strat­egy with an ac­com­pa­ny­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion plan by 2009 and to re­vise the doc­u­ments ev­ery four years. (For more on this topic, see this week’s Ed­i­to­rial, p. 20.)

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