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NHSPI™ Provides a Snapshot of Health Security Preparedness

How ORISE is Making a Difference

As part of the National Health Security Preparedness Index™ (NHSPI™) Project Management Office, ORAU assisted in the development and implementation of the 2013 NHSPI™ to offer a new way to measure and advance the nation’s readiness to protect people during a disaster. The Index was developed in conjunction with the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and 20 other development partners.

“Few things are as important as protecting people’s health and safety in times of emergency,” said Ali S. Khan, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. “This first-of-its-kind Index allows us to gauge how prepared we are as a nation, and as individual states, to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from public health threats,” he said in a news release issued Dec. 4, 2013.

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The NHSPI™ examines the health security preparedness of the nation by looking collectively at the health security preparedness of states. The Index results are updated annually. ORAU provided assistance through the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) contract and continues to support efforts in 2014 to improve and expand the NHSPI™.

The Index has applications across health departments, government agencies, community organizations, academia, and others. It is intended to be used to:

  • Strengthen preparedness
  • Inform decision making
  • Guide quality improvement
  • Advance the science behind community resilience

The 2013 NHSPI™ results show that substantial health security preparedness capability exists across the nation, reflecting important gains made in recent years. While areas of strength differ from state to state, overall Index results vary only moderately across states, indicating that each state takes these responsibilities seriously.

Visit the NHSPI website for more information.

ORISE is managed by ORAU for the U.S. Department of Energy.