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The mission for the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) is heavily dependent on engaging outside partners to maximize resources and overall impact. We recognize that a government-centric approach to national health security is not enough to meet the challenges posed by a catastrophic incident. Instead, we must take a whole community approach bringing together all levels of government as well as the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and individuals. Forging strategic alliances with a broad group of diverse stakeholders is critical as we work to keep America safe from all health, safety, and security threats. Especially in these challenging economic times, health security is a national challenge that calls for a national solution.

In light of this, PHPR has a Partnerships Team, which advances PHPR’s mission by coordinating engagements with internal Centers, Institutes, and Offices (CIOs), external federal departments and agencies, and external non-governmental organizations including non-profit organizations, trade associations, academic and research institutions, and the private sector. If you have questions about partnering with PHPR, please email us at

Our Mission

To enhance existing partner relationships and expand work with new, diverse partners to:

  • promote the achievements of public health preparedness;
  • leverage existing resources and identify new opportunities for investment in preparedness and response; and
  • cultivate collaborations that strengthen and support national public health security.

What is a Partnership

The Department of Homeland Security defines partnerships as “collaborative working relationships between the U.S. Government and non-Federal actors in which the goals, structure, and roles and responsibilities of each partner are mutually determined.

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Dr. Stephen Redd

Rear Admiral Stephen Redd, a Georgia native from Augusta, is the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Redd began his CDC career 30 years ago as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer, and has worked on major responses, including…

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To learn about other preparedness staff at CDC, see our previous Day in the Life features.