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The Capitol Hill Steering Committee on Pandemic Preparedness & Health Security

For additional information, please contact Marc Trotochaud at mtrotoc1@jhu.edu.

The Capitol Hill Steering Committee on Pandemic Preparedness & Health Security is an educational forum to discuss new topics, technologies, and ideas that can improve domestic health security now and in the future. It convenes staff from congressional offices, federal agencies, and the invited public focused on strengthening US health security.

The Steering Committee is sponsored and managed by Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Four United States Senators serve as Honorary Senate Co-Chairs and 3 former federal government public health leaders serve as Honorary Founding Members.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the national and international consequences that deadly infectious disease epidemics can cause. The Steering Committee is a venue to enable critical discussions on non-partisan policy options for improving the United States’ ability to protect Americans from the next health security threat.

The Steering Committee hosts monthly events focused on lessons learned from responses to natural, man-made, and other complex health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to better mitigate and respond to future health crises.

Honorary Senate Co-Chairs

  • Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
  • Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)
  • Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)
  • Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)

Honorary Founding Members

  • Stephen Redd, MD, Former Deputy Director for Public Health Service and Implementation Science, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Rear Admiral Retired, US Public Health Service
  • Kathleen Sebelius, MPA, Former Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services, former Governor of Kansas
  • W. Craig Vanderwagen, MD, Former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, US Department of Health and Human Services, Rear Admiral Retired, US Public Health Service
 

Events

October 7, 2020: Virtual Launch of the Capitol Hill Steering Committee on Pandemic Preparedness & Health Security
The United States’ continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted gaps in the nation’s health security capabilities. As the US continues to respond to this herculean challenge, the new Capitol Hill Steering Committee on Pandemic Preparedness & Health Security will provide an educational forum to discuss new topics, technologies, and ideas that could improve domestic health security now and in the future.

The launch event, hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, featured a discussion with the Honorary Senate Co-chairs and the Steering Committee’s Honorary Founding Members, leaders who have spent decades improving US health security.

Watch the webinar.

Upcoming Events, to be Confirmed

November 17, 2020 at 11am ET
December 9, 2020 at 11am ET
January 12, 2021 at 11am ET
February 9, 2021 at 11am ET
March 9, 2021 at 11am ET

 

From our Co-Chairs

“There is nothing more important than our nation’s ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. That’s why, for nearly two decades, I’ve made it a priority to establish a modern framework that brings together the private and public sectors to address pandemics and other public health threats. I’m honored to be chosen to serve as the Co-Chair of this critical committee. I look forward to working with these professionals to ensure our nation stays vigilant against a full range of threats.”

– U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)

“As we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, our Nation is coming to understand how important it is to prepare for public health emergencies. Congress has a responsibility to strengthen our policies, and craft new ones, to prevent another pandemic of this horrific scale, and that will take further bipartisan cooperation. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the members of the Steering Committee to develop meaningful, bipartisan policies to support public health preparedness and response efforts at every level of government that will address the impact of COVID-19 and better prepare us for future public health threats.”

- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)

"The COVID-19 pandemic is a wakeup call for everyone. The health and economic hardships caused by the coronavirus have been harsh, but the pandemic must also teach us lessons on how to better prepare for future disasters. This distinguished Steering Committee will help keep us focused on those goals even as this crisis fades."

- U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)

"The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health crisis that is jeopardizing the health and economic security of millions of individuals and families across our country. I’ve been inspired and encouraged by the work of scientists and public health professionals. Science and public health can and should drive our response to this crisis, and inform our efforts to better prepare for the future. I’m honored to serve as one of the Co-Chairs of this Steering Committee, and I look forward to advancing efforts that will help us prepare for the future, and protect our nation’s public health, national security and economic growth."

– U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

 

 

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To protect people’s health from epidemics and disasters and ensure that communities are resilient to major challenges.