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Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

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BILL TRACKING

Federal Public Health Emergency Legislation. Federal government leadership roles and responsibilities for pandemic preparedness and response are evolving and involve shared responsibility between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).     

 

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FEDERAL PUBLIC HEALTH

The preservation of the public health has historically been the responsibility of state and local governments. Clarity in leadership is crucial in a joint federal, state, and local response to any event which could cause harm to the public's health. 

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OVERVIEW

Emergency preparedness protects public health by providing services and resources to prevent or respond to disease outbreaks, natural or human-caused disasters or other crisis events. Both state and federal governments play a role in ensuring effective emergency public health capacity.  While states have primary responsibility for the health and safety of their residents, the federal government may supplement state resources and provide overarching capacity such as coordination, disease surveillance, biomedical research and laboratory services, health information and vaccine production capabilities. 

 
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