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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. To meet the challenges posed by a catastrophic incident 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, the Partnerships Team advances PHPR’s mission by coordinating engagements with Centers, Institutes, and Offices (CIOs) across CDC, other federal departments and agencies, and non-governmental organizations including non-profit organizations, trade associations, academic and research institutions, and the private sector.

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.