In an effort to encourage cooperation between the nation’s healthcare and public health systems, the Department of Health and Human Services has aligned the programs and funding for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) cooperative agreement and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement. With aligned HPP and PHEP cooperative agreement programs, states and communities can more easily, efficiently, and effectively conduct joint planning, exercising, and program operations. These activities are vital in preparing communities to respond and recover from emergencies and help communities manage healthcare and public health on a daily basis. This newly aligned cooperative agreement took effect in July 2012.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Public health threats are always present. Whether caused by natural, accidental, or intentional means, these threats can lead to the onset of public health incidents. Being prepared to prevent, respond to, and rapidly recover from public health threats is critical for protecting and securing our nation’s public health. The 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic underscored the importance of communities being prepared for potential threats.

CDC provides funding and technical assistance for state, local, and territorial public health departments through the (PHEP) cooperative agreement and has identified 15 public health preparedness capabilities as the basis for state and local public health preparedness.

View the PHEP capabilities: Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning (PDF)

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

The threat of mass casualty incidents (MCIs) or medical surges to the nation’s hospital and healthcare system has always been present. For many trauma systems and emergency departments, it is simply part of normal day-to-day operations. Preparing hospitals, healthcare systems and their ESF #8 partners to prevent, respond to, and rapidly recover from these threats is critical for protecting and securing our nation’s healthcare system and public health infrastructure. Events like the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic and Hurricane Katrina highlighted the importance of hospitals and healthcare systems being prepared for potential threats and the consequences that occur when a community is ill-prepared. ASPR plays a leading role in ensuring the healthcare systems in the nation are prepared to respond to these threats and other incidents. Through the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Cooperative Agreement, ASPR provides funding and technical assistance to state, local and territorial public health departments to prepare the healthcare systems for disasters.

In alignment with the 15 PHEP Capabilities identified by the CDC for state, local, and territorial public health departments, ASPR has defined a set of eight Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities to assist healthcare systems, healthcare coalitions, and healthcare organizations with preparedness and response.

View the HPP capabilities: Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities: National Guidance for Healthcare System Preparedness (PDF)


This information is provided by Emergency Preparedness within the Department of Public Health.