For FY 08, the emphasis of this project will be to upgrade State and local public health jurisdiction's preparedness and response to bioterrorism, outbreaks of infectious diseases, and other public health threats and emergencies.
Enacted in December 2006, The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA, Public Law 109-417 42 U.S.C.
247d-3a) requires project activities to meet the following goals: (1) Integrating public health and public and private medical capabilities with other first responder systems; (2) Developing and sustaining essential State, local, and tribal public health security capabilities, including disease situational awareness, disease containment, risk communication and public preparedness, and the rapid distribution and administration of medical countermeasures; (3) Addressing the public health and medical needs of at-risk individuals in the event of a public health emergency; (4) Minimizing duplication and assuring coordination among State, local, and tribal planning, preparedness, and response activities (including Emergency Management Assistance Compact).
Such planning shall be consistent with the National Response Framework or any successor plan, the National Incident Management System, and the National Preparedness Goal; (5) Maintaining vital public health and medical services to allow for optimal federal, State, local, and tribal operations in the event of a public health emergency; and (6) Developing and testing an effective plan for responding to pandemic influenza.
The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.