INTRODUCTION

Our nation faces diverse and evolving health security threats that have the potential to disrupt our public health and health care systems and inflict injury and loss of life on our people.  Significant progress has been made in improving capabilities to address the immediate public health and medical consequences of anticipated and actual public health threats, such as extreme weather and infectious disease outbreaks. However, to save lives and protect the nation from other 21st century risks, we—the collective group of stakeholders with responsibilities for national health security—must advance our preparedness and response capabilities to address the realities of our immediate and future threat landscape.

 

Credit: Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal

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