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Areas of Interest The forum identifies and elevates critical interest areas in medical and public health emergency preparedness and response proactively with a focus on bridging the gaps among research, policy, and practice. The areas of interest for 2022 included: Health Security Medical and Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Systems Health security focuses on ongoing efforts to Medical and public health emergency accelerate progress toward a world safe and preparedness and response systems are critical secure from emerging infectious diseases and other for safeguarding communities from the impacts threats. The forum will concentrate its discussion of disasters and health emergencies. The forum on strengthening the U.S. health care and public will center its attention on ways to improve health systemsâ capacity to detect, prevent, plan for, preparedness and response systems through respond to, and recover from naturally occurring innovative models, building capacities and outbreaks and intentional or accidental releases of capabilities, novel partnerships, and lessons dangerous pathogens. learned from past disasters and emergencies. Equity and Access PublicâPrivate Partnerships Equity and access ensure that communities and Publicâprivate partnerships (PPPs) leverage individuals are treated with fairness and provided strengths, expertise, and resources of both public equitable access to essential medical and public (i.e., government entities) and private (i.e., health services, resources, and opportunities, businesses, industries, and non-profit organizations) regardless of background, socioeconomic sectors to address societal challenges. The forum status, race, gender, or other characteristics. The will center its discussion on meaningful health care forum will explore opportunities and barriers to and public health PPPs and opportunities to deliver enhancing individual and community-level access efficient and effective solutions that benefit the by focusing on health equity as a central pillar for public before, during, and after health emergencies. preparedness, response, and recovery, working with non-traditional and underrepresented groups and exploring special considerations needed to strengthen communities after a health emergency. 4â |â 2022 Annual Report