Examining Challenges and Possible Strategies to Strengthen U.S. Health Security: Proceedings of a Workshop


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As the United States continues to adapt to a more digital, mobile, and interconnected world, health care and public health professionals have sought to better prepare for and respond to long-standing and emerging threats to the nation’s health security. Health security is the collective effort to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the health consequences of natural, man-made, and technological disasters. To explore these persistent issues of preparedness, the Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies hosted a two-day public workshop, Opportunities for the Future of Health Care and Public Health Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, on March 8–9, 2017 in Washington, DC. The workshop rapporteurs have prepared this proceedings as a factual summation of the session discussions.