Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Agency overview
Formed December, 2006
Preceding agency Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Agency executive Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Parent agency United States Department of Health and Human Services
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the United States Department of Health and Human Services was created under the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act in the wake of Katrina to lead the nation in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. ASPR focuses on preparedness planning and response; building federal emergency medical operational capabilities; countermeasures research, advance development, and procurement; and grants to strengthen the capabilities of hospitals and health care systems in public health emergencies and medical disasters. The office provides federal support, including medical professionals through ASPR’s National Disaster Medical System, to augment state and local capabilities during an emergency or disaster.

Under the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006 (PAHPA),Public Law No. 109-417, HHS is the lead agency for the National Response Framework (NRF) for Emergency Support Function 8 (ESF-8). The Secretary of HHS delegates to ASPR the leadership role for all health and medical services support function in a health emergency or public health event. To meet the public information requirements of PAHPA the Public Health Emergency.gov web portal was created to serve as a single point of access to public health risk, and situational awareness information when the President or the Secretary of Health and Human Services exercise their public health emergency legal authority.

Divisions

  • Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)
  • Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations (OPEO)
  • Office of Acquisition Management, Contracts, and Grants (OAMCG)
  • Office of Policy and Planning (OPP)
  • Office of Financial Planning and Analysis (OFPA)
  • Chief of Staff

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