The Office of Health Affairs (OHA) is the Department of Homeland Security’s principal authority for all medical and health issues.
OHA experts guide DHS leaders on medical and public health issues related to national security and long-term policies. Our teams build relationships between DHS and public health communities nationwide to make sure we can work together to prepare for, respond to and recover from a crisis.
We monitor for dangerous biological agents. We analyze data for early signs of chemical and biological threats and plan responses to pandemics. We work closely with DHS professionals on the frontlines to keep them healthy and safe. And we help DHS officials coordinate medical resources and understand health and medical risks during incidents.
To advise, promote, integrate, and enable a safe and secure workforce and nation in pursuit of national health security.
- Provide expert health and medical advice to department leadership
- Build national resilience against health incidents
- Enhance national and department medical first responder capabilities
- Protect the department workforce against health threats
Leadership and Organization
OHA is led by the department’s Chief Medical Officer who also serves as the Assistant Secretary of Health Affairs.
Kathryn Brinsfield, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer
- The Health Threats Resilience Division - helps the nation prepare for and protect against the health impacts of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents and other intentional and naturally occurring events.
- The Workforce Health and Medical Support Division - leads the Department’s workforce health protection and medical oversight activities.
- National Response Framework
- National Strategy for Pandemic Flu
- NBIC Strategic Plan
- Patient Decontamination in a Mass Chemical Exposure Incident: National Planning Guidance for Communities
- First Responder Guidance for Improving Survivability in Improvised Explosive Device and/or Active Shooter Incidents
By mail or phone:
Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528
Attn: Office of Health Affairs