U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response FY 2015 BUDGET IN BRIEF An overview of ASPR’s budget request and strategic priorities.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) FISCAL YEAR 2015 BUDGET IN BRIEF The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) works to protect people’s health when disaster strikes and to build strong, healthy communities able to withstand adversity and come back even stronger than they were before. In our mission and our daily work, we bring the worlds of policy, science, and response together. We drive national and international policy on public health preparedness. We help make sure the country has the vaccines, drugs, and medical supplies our population may need in a disaster. And, when states ask for assistance, we are ready with a federal health response tailored to their needs. At ASPR, we believe that American communities withstand disaster best when the systems that support them, such as the health care system, remain strong so that they can be effectively used during emergencies. Communities can also withstand disaster best when people have neighbors and good social networks that they can rely on. We at ASPR base our policies and decisions on sound evidence and rigorous science. We are keenly aware of the need to constantly improve our service and performance. To achieve this vision, ASPR spurs innovation, cultivates partnerships, anticipates trends, finds ever-increasing efficiencies, and continuously improves its programs to build stronger communities based on lessons we have learned. Our successes are evidence of a strong and growing track record of ensuring that our nation and our communities are able to respond quickly and capably to the public health threats of today and tomorrow. ASPR’s budget request to Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2015—which extends from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015—supports our mission and reflects the goals and objectives of our five-year strategic plan as follows: The mission of ASPR is to lead the Nation in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. FY 2015 BUDGET IN BRIEF:
- Promote resilient communities by fostering a nation able to withstand and recover from public health emergencies.
- Strengthen leadership and capabilities within public health and medical emergency management—including prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.
- Promote an effective medical countermeasures enterprise.
- Lead and coordinate efforts to develop forward-thinking policies that support national and international public health and medical preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.
- Improve health outcomes from disasters by strengthening the ability of our nation’s health care system to effectively respond and recover.
- Improve ASPR’s own adaptability and resilience by maximizing the potential of our workforce, developing leaders, and encouraging continuous learning.
For FY 2015, ASPR requests a total of almost $1.4 billion. The request includes $996 million for partnering with the private sector to research, develop, and stockpile medical countermeasures (MCMs) against a wide range of biological and bioterror health threats. These threats include chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents and events as well as pandemic influenza and emerging infectious diseases. ASPR also requests $330 million to support states and communities in preparing their health care systems.