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Written testimony of OHA and S&T for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response & Communications hearing titled “Improving the Department of Homeland Security’s Biological Detection and Surveillance Programs”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Health Affairs (OHA) Assistant Secretary Dr. Kathryn Brinsfield, and Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Under Secretary Dr. Reginald Brothers address DHS’ biological detection and surveillance programs. 

Statement for the record of OHA and CBP for a House Committee on Homeland Security field hearing titled “Ebola in the Homeland: The Importance of Effective International, Federal, State and Local Coordination”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS ) Office of Health Affairs (OHA) Acting Assistant Secretary and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kathryn Brinsfield and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations Acting Assistant Commissioner John Wagner address OHA’s and CBP’s roles in the Federal government’s Ebola response.

Written testimony of OHA acting Assistant Secretary and S&T Under Secretary for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications hearing titled “BioWatch: Lessons Learned and the Path Forward”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Health Affairs (OHA) acting Assistant Secretary and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kathy Brinsfield and Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Under Secretary Dr. Reginald Brothers address biological defense and specifically DHS’ BioWatch program.

NBIC Strategic Plan

The 2010 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Quadrennial Homeland Security Review states that “ultimately Homeland Security is about effectively managing risks to the Nation’s security.” Although much is being done to prevent naturally-occurring, accidental, or deliberate biological events, such as emerging infectious disease or bioterrorism, such events could and do still occur. Therefore, activities that mitigate these risks largely focus on reducing, managing, or limiting the consequences of biological events once they begin to occur. Surveillance plays an import role in early detection of such events, allowing an early response and limiting the events' spread and effects. Doing this effectively requires the earliest possible warning that an event is occurring and continuous shared situational awareness throughout the event to enable effective decision making regarding what actions should be taken.

National Biosurveillance Integration Center

The National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC) integrates, analyzes, and distributes key information about health and disease events to help ensure the nation's responses are well-informed, save lives, and minimize economic impact.

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