Public Health & Healthcare: Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources Sector-Specific Plan as Input to the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (Redacted) [open pdf - 3MB]
"The Healthcare and Public Health Sector-Specific Plan (SSP) was created to complement the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) by developing efforts to improve the protection of the sector in an all-hazards environment. The Healthcare and Public Health SSP establishes a relationship between government and the private sector to foster the cooperation necessary to improve the protection of the sector from a natural or manmade disaster. The plan sets a path forward for the sector to collectively identify and prioritize its assets, assess risk, implement protective programs, and measure the effectiveness of its protective programs. This document reflects the collaborative efforts between government stakeholders and public and private sector members who are dedicated to the protection of key resources within the Healthcare and Public Health Sector. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in its role as Sector-Specific Agency (SSA), and in collaboration with government and private sector security partners, developed this SSP. The sector is highly diverse in its composition and relationships with its many systems, networks, services, facilities, functions, and roles, both public and private, needed to prevent disease and disability, treat patients, foster public health, and respond to incidents requiring medical and public health services. The private sector, as well as various Federal, State, and local agencies, provide healthcare and public health services and participate in ongoing surveillance and detection of potentially devastating threats to the Nation's critical infrastructure and key resources (CI/KR) from terrorism and other manmade and natural threats. If these threats were realized, the result could seriously impact public health and economic vitality. In addition, many other sectors rely on Healthcare and Public Health Sector assets and services to ensure resiliency in the face of threats that may result in serious public health consequences (e.g., pandemic influenza)."
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