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HHS Maintains Lead Federal Role for Emergency Public Health and Medical Response

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced that under the new National Response Plan released today by the Department of Homeland Security, HHS will continue to lead the federal government in providing public health and medical services during major disasters and emergencies. “HHS will continue to work closely with all our partners to protect the health of the American public,” Secretary Thompson said. “The National Response Plan will help strengthen crucial working relationships between federal, state, local and tribal officials, and the private sector concerned with public health issues during disasters or terrorist attacks.” The National Response Plan divides the government’s emergency operations into 15 emergency support functions. HHS is the lead agency for Emergency Support Function Eight (ESF-8) — public health and medical services. In this role and through the HHS Secretary’s Operations Center, the department coordinates all federal resources related to public health and medical services made available to assist state, local and tribal officials during a major disaster or emergency. Full Story

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