National Health Security Preparedness Index
One aspect of Homeland Security that is often overlooked is public health. Since December 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, combined with more than 30 other organizations, has produced an annual index of public health. The National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) is the result. NHSPI aims to give “a portrayal of the nation’s health security using relevant, actionable information to help guide efforts to achieve a higher level of health security and preparedness.
The Index combines national trends with individual state data to decipher risks and provide a broad view of the health protections that are currently in place. The index measures a variety of domains including Health Security Surveillance, Community Planning and Engagement, Incident and Information Management, Healthcare Delivery, Countermeasure Management, and Environmental and Occupational Health. Similar to national and state rankings, these domains are given appraisals from zero to ten based on their performance over the year.
Along with the visual infographics displaying this analysis, the website also has a section devoted to News and Events . Daily headlines range from analysis of current research to information on new public health concerns. Upcoming conferences and workgroups are also highlighted. Finally, NHSPI offers a toolkit that provides the latest resources, frequently asked questions, and archives of previous NHSPI releases.
Good health is the bedrock of prosperity. A stable health environment allows for economic and cultural advances. NHSPI is a valuable tool to prepare for, prevent, and respond to public health concerns.
Along with NHSPI, the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) continues to bring information concerning public health to the forefront. In our Pandemic Influenza featured topic, HSDL has a large collection of private sector reports and government documents on a variety of public health concerns. (Some resources may require HSDL login).