PHPR has primary oversight and responsibility for all programs that comprise CDC’s public health preparedness and response portfolio. Through an all-hazards approach to preparedness – focusing on threats from natural, biological, chemical and radiological events – PHPR helps the nation prepare for and respond to urgent threats to the public’s health by providing strategic direction, coordination and support for all of CDC’s terrorism preparedness and emergency response activities. PHPR carries out its mission by emphasizing accountability through performance, progress through public health science and collaboration through partnerships.
Established in 2002, PHPR receives approximately $1.5 billion in annual funding from Congress to build and strengthen national preparedness for public health emergencies including natural, biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear incidents. This funding supports a range of activities at CDC and state and local public health departments. Congress appropriates over three-quarters of this funding for two CDC programs, the Public Health Emergency Preparedness cooperative agreement and the Strategic National Stockpile.
PHPR carries out its mission by emphasizing accountability through performance, progress through public health science, and collaboration through partnerships.
Download CDC's PHPR Overview Brochure.
PHPR work is accomplished by staff throughout our four major divisions and the Office of the Director.
The Division of Emergency Operations (DEO) is responsible for overall coordination of CDC's preparedness, assessment, response, recovery, and evaluation prior to and during public health emergencies. DEO is also responsible for the CDC Emergency Operations Center, which serves as CDC's command center for monitoring and coordinating CDC's emergency response to public health threats in the United States and abroad. Staffed 24/7/365, the EOC provides worldwide situational awareness and coordinates CDC's preparedness, assessment, response, recovery, and evaluation for public health emergencies.
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The Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR) manages the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreement, which supports preparedness nationwide in state, local, tribal, and territorial public health departments. As of 2002, the cooperative agreement has provided nearly $9 billion to these public health departments to upgrade their ability to effectively respond to the public health consequences of all hazards, including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. The cooperative agreement currently funds 62 awardees including all 50 states, eight U.S. territories and freely associated states, and four localities. DSLR also provides guidance and coordinates technical assistance through CDC project officers and subject matter experts to the 62 awardees. Technical assistance includes sharing CDC public health expertise on exercises, developing performance goals, and identifying useful practices.
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The Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS) has the mission to deliver critical medical assets to the site of a national emergency. DSNS manages and maintains the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), the national repository of critical medicines and medical supplies established to protect the American public if there is a public health emergency severe enough to cause state and local supplies to run out. DSNS procures, stores, and delivers these assets, which are designed to supplement state and local public health agencies in the event of a large-scale public health emergency in the United States or its territories. Technical assistance is also provided to state and local sites to prepare for emergencies and when Strategic National Stockpile assets are deployed..
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The Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT) oversees the CDC Select Agent Program, which regulates all entities that possess, use, or transfer biological agents or toxins that could pose a severe threat to public health and safety. Select agents include the bacteria that cause anthrax and plague and the virus that causes smallpox. The program helps ensure compliance with select agent regulations by providing guidance to registered entities and conducting evaluations and inspections.
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The Office of the Director supports additional activities that include research and training programs to strengthen states' abilities to respond to public health emergencies. These include the following:
- Building a Learning Community and Body of Knowledge by Implementing a “Whole Community” Approach to Emergency Management.
- The extramural research program strengthens the scientific foundation and operational experience for preparedness and response practices and program activities.
- The Career Epidemiology Field Officer program helps develop epidemiologic capacity and preparedness for public health emergencies.
- Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers provide core competency-based training to state, local, and tribal public health authorities.