Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act

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Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act
Great Seal of the United States.
Long title An act to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to Public Health Security and all-hazards preparedness and response, and for other purposes.
Enacted by the  109th Congress United States Congress
Citations
Public Law 109-417
Legislative history

On December 19, 2006, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), Public Law No. 109-417, was signed into law by President George W. Bush. PAHPA has broad implications for the United States Department of Health and Human Services’s (HHS) preparedness and response activities. Among other things, the Act amended the Public Health Service Act to established within the Department a new Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR); provided new authorities for a number of programs, including the advanced development and acquisitions of medical countermeasures; and called for the establishment of a quadrennial National Health Security Strategy.

The purpose of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act is “to improve the Nation’s public health and medical preparedness and response capabilities for emergencies, whether deliberate, accidental, or natural.”

Major Program Areas[edit]

  • Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and Medical Countermeasures
  • Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8: Public Health and Medical Response: Domestic Programs
  • Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8: Public Health and Medical Response: International Programs
  • Grants
  • At-Risk Individuals
  • National Health Security Strategy (NHSS)
  • Situational Awareness: Surveillance, Credentialing, and Telehealth
  • Education and Training

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