Preparedness Summit 2018: Strengthening National Health Security: Mastering Ordinary Responses, Building Resilience for Extraordinary Events


The goal of the National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) is “To strengthen and sustain communities’ abilities to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from incidents with negative health consequences.”
The NHSS provides strategic direction to ensure that efforts to improve health security nationwide are guided by a common vision.

The 2018 Preparedness Summit Planning Committee is pleased to offer tracks for abstract submission that are based upon the NHSS to strengthen collaboration and build the evidence base.

Please select one of the following which most closely aligns with the content of the proposed abstract.

Track 1: Building and Sustaining Resilient Communities. This track focuses on encouraging social connectedness, enhancing coordination of health and human services through partnerships, and building an overall culture of resilience.

Key categories for consideration:

  • Community resilience
  • Behavioral, mental, and psychosocial health
  • Environmental health
  • Social support and community systems
  • Community empowerment
  • Partnerships (i.e., Public/Private, CBOs, FBOs, emergency management, etc.)

Track 2: Enhancing Use of Medical Countermeasures and Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions. This track is intended for sessions which relate to the range of medical countermeasures and non-pharmaceutical interventions that protect health during incidents, expand non-federal stakeholder involvement in the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE) process, focus research and translation of findings on non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs); and improve distribution and dispensing of medical countermeasures.

Key categories for consideration:

  • CBRNE events
  • Outbreak response
  • MCMs
  • NPIs
  • SNS

Track 3: Ensuring Situational Awareness to Support Decision-Making. This track focuses on improving data-sharing, using innovative systems and tools for health situational awareness (HSA), improving operational capabilities to meet the full range of HSA needs across stakeholders, developing a collaborative oversight body for HSA, and addressing technological and policy barriers to HSA.

Key categories for consideration:

  • Biosurveillance
  • Data & data sharing
  • Informatics
  • EOCs and operational capabilities
  • Technology
  • Communications  (i.e., crisis/risk, social media, etc.)

Track 4: Enhancing Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Management Systems. Within this track, sessions will speak to efforts to strengthen healthcare coalitions and regional planning alliances, build on and improve routine services and systems, ensure that the integrated systems can scale to meet the access and functional needs of at-risk individuals, strengthen health security workforce education, increase the number of trained workers and volunteers, and effectively manage and use that workforce.

Key categories for consideration:

  • Workforce
  • Volunteers
  • MRC
  • HCCs
  • PPHR
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Education/training

Track 5: Strengthening Global Health Security. This track focuses on efforts to improve global health security by supporting the implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) International Health Regulations.

Key categories for consideration:

  • International threats
  • Global pandemics or disease outbreaks
  • Global DRR lessons learned & information sharing