This essay is one in a series exploring the issues that affect the success of the public health practitioner in meeting the needs of the public’s health, and by doing so, increasing the resilience of communities and the Nation.
The series takes as its guiding framework,the National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) developed and released by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in December 2009. The development and public release of this strategic document was directed by Congress as part of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act of December 2006. The document is the product of a wide variety of stakeholder discussions and an examination of the real threat issues confronting the Nation. It is a national document, not just a federal document.