The nation’s threat environment has changed rapidly in the last few years, presenting increased risk to Americans of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) attack by nation-state aggressors. The strength of our public health and medical infrastructure and the capabilities necessary to quickly mobilize a coordinated national response to such incidents are vital to our national security. ASPR leads the nation in the public health and medical preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters and public health emergencies, but cannot do it alone. ASPR depends on critical public-private partnerships through its relationships with State, local, tribal, and territorial partners, and those in the private sector.
This Town Hall session will address two important ASPR initiatives-The Medical Reserve Corps program, one of the nation’s largest cadres of public health and healthcare volunteers; and The Last Mile Project, ASPR’s newest initiative to identify opportunities to provide federal capabilities, such as public-private partnerships, in support of SLTT medical countermeasure dispensing in the aftermath of disasters and other emergencies. ASPR presenters will provide an overview of and current activities associated with each of these initiatives and facilitate discussion and feedback from session attendees to inform the future of these programs.