Healthcare and Public Health Sector

Collage of healthcare images (clockwise from top left): doctor pointing at an individual x-ray in a series of x-rays; lab technician studying the contents of liquid in a test tube; doctor listening to young girl's heartbeat with a stethoscope; doctor's hand on top of patient's hand on the handle of hospital bed; surgeon wearing face mask and hair cap; and two clear vials with clear liquid.The Healthcare and Public Health Sector protects all sectors of the economy from hazards such as terrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and natural disasters. Because the vast majority of the sector's assets are privately owned and operated, collaboration and information sharing between the public and private sectors is essential to increasing resilience of the nation's Healthcare and Public Health critical infrastructure. Operating in all U.S. states, territories, and tribal areas, the sector plays a significant role in response and recovery across all other sectors in the event of a natural or manmade disaster. While healthcare tends to be delivered and managed locally, the public health component of the sector, focused primarily on population health, is managed across all levels of government: national, state, regional, local, tribal, and territorial.

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector is highly dependent on fellow sectors for continuity of operations and service delivery, including Communications, Emergency Services, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Information Technology, Transportation Systems, and Water and Wastewater Systems.

Sector-Specific Plan

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector-Specific Plan details how the National Infrastructure Protection Plan risk management framework is implemented within the context of the unique characteristics and risk landscape of the sector. Each Sector Risk Management  Agency develops a sector-specific plan through a coordinated effort involving its public and private sector partners. The Department of Health and Human Services is designated as the Sector Risk Management  Agency for the Healthcare and Public Health Sector.

Sector Resources

For resources available to Healthcare and Public Health Sector partners, go to the Department of Health and Human Services website.

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