Center for Health Policy & Preparedness (CHPP)


The foundations of national security that served for over a century no longer meet the dynamic world environment. Asymmetrical threats, non-state actors, revolutions in technology, and emerging diseases demand innovative approaches and solutions. Health policies and technologies are universally impactful; national security relies on the ability to identify and counter the next unknown. CHPP exists to promote those solutions. Simply stated: Preparedness is a best practice.


  • Medical surge capacity and policies.

  • Joint governmental training and response to health crises.

  • Interdisciplinary training in health preparedness and resiliency.

  • Medical Intelligence (Domestic and International)

  • Advocacy of policy on under-addressed conditions and disparate outcomes in primary care, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance operations.

  • Promotion of health safety equity for incarcerated and disenfranchised populations.

  • Resiliency for special needs populations.

  • Waterways as a domestic response asset.

  • Development and promotion of graduate certificate and degree programs in Advanced Emergency Management, Homeland Security, and Operational Medicine.


Relevant Works:


The All Needs Approach to Emergency Response (Homeland Security Affairs)

Donald A. Donahue, Stephen O. Cunnion, Carey D. Balaban, Ken Sochats


BioWatch and the Brown Cap (Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management)

Donald A. Donahue Jr.


Retooling the Uniformed US Public Health Service for the 21 st Century (Journal of the American Medical Association)

Donald A. Donahue Jr, DHEd, MBA; Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH


The Soft Power of Solid Medicine (World Medical & Health Policy)

Donald A. Donahue Jr, DHEd, MBA, FACHE; Stephen O. Cunnion, MD, PhD, MPH; Fred L. Brocker, MPH, RS; Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS


National Health Preparedness and Response Centers: Revisiting the Increasingly Critical Need to Expand Cooperative Emergency Response Capabilities in the United States (Concepts in Disaster Medicine)

Donald A. Donahue, DHEd; Frederick M. Burkle Jr., MD, MPH, DTM; Ronald R. Blanck, DO



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