The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security explores how new policy approaches, scientific advances, and technological innovations can strengthen health security and save lives. Our research focuses on improving organizations, systems, and tools to prevent and respond to outbreaks and other public health crises.
We advance policies and practice addressing a range of challenges, including the global rise in emerging infectious diseases, a continued risk of pandemic flu, major natural disasters, and the potential for biological accidents or intentional threats. Interdisciplinary and international collaborations with other experts and policymakers improve and inform our work.
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
Nonprofit public health think tank
The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (abbreviated CHS) is an independent, nonprofit organization of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Center works to protect people’s health from epidemics and pandemics and ensures that communities are resilient to major challenges. The Center is also concerned with biological weapons and the biosecurity implications of emerging biotechnology.
The Center for Health Security began as the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies (CCBS) in 1998 at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.D. A. Henderson served as the founding director. At that time, the Center was the first and only academic center focused on biosecurity policy and practice.
At one point around 2003, CHS had become part of a new umbrella organization called the Institute for Global Health and Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
On April 30, 2013, the UPMC Center changed its name from "Center for Biosecurity of UPMC" to "UPMC Center for Health Security". This name change reflected a broadening of the scope of CHS's work.
In 2002, the Center received a $1 million grant from the US federal government.
Before 2017, CHS was heavily reliant on government funding.
In January 2017, the Open Philanthropy Project awarded a $16 million grant over three years to the Center for Health Security. Another grant of $19.5 million was awarded in September 2019.
The Center for Health Security publishes three online newsletters:
Clinicians' Biosecurity News (formerly the Clinicians' Biosecurity Network Report), published twice each month
Health Security Headlines, a daily news digest (previously called Biosecurity Briefing, then Biosecurity News in Brief starting in 2009, then Biosecurity News Today starting in 2010 or 2011, and finally Health Security Headlines starting in 2013; the digest used to also be weekly until in February 2009)
On May 15, 2018, the Center hosted Clade X, a day-long pandemic tabletop exercise that simulated a series of National Security Council–convened meetings of 10 US government leaders, played by individuals prominent in the fields of national security or epidemic response.
Drawing from actual events, Clade X identified important policy issues and preparedness challenges that could be solved with sufficient political will and attention. These issues were designed in a narrative to engage and educate the participants and the audience.
Clade X was livestreamed on Facebook and extensive materials from the exercise are available online.
Event 201 simulated the effects of a fictional coronavirus originating in bats but passing to humans via pigs. Claims that Event 201 was a rehearsal for the world's response to COVID-19 have been declared invalid by fact-checking outlets such as USA Today and FullFact. 
Improving Epidemic Response: Building Bridges Between the US and China. May 2012.
Considerations for the Reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA). March 2012.
U.S. Preparedness for a Nuclear Detonation. October 2011.
Charting the Future of Biosecurity: Ten Years After the Anthrax Attacks. October 2011.
Advancing US Resilience to a Nuclear Catastrophe. May 2011.
Preserving National Security: The Growing Role of the Life Sciences. March 2011.
Improving Global Health, Strengthening Global Security. November 2010.
The State of BIOPreparedness: Lessons from Leaders, Proposals for Progress. September 2010.
Preparing to Save Lives and Recover After a Nuclear Detonation: Implications for US Policy. April 2010.
The 2009 H1N1 Experience: Policy Implications for Future Infectious Disease Emergencies. March 2010.
Resilient American Communities: Progress In Practice and Policy. December 10, 2009.
Prevention of Biothreats: A Look Ahead. October 6, 2009.
Disease, Disaster, and Democracy: The Public's Stake in Health Emergency Planning. May 2006.
Bulls, Bears, and Birds: Preparing the Financial Industry for a Pandemic. September 2005.
Conference on Biosafety and Biorisks. May 2005.
The Public as an Asset, Not a Problem: A Summit on Leadership During Bioterrorism. February 2003.
2nd National Symposium on Medical and Public Health Response to Bioterrorism. November 2000.
National Symposium on Medical and Public Health Response to Bioterrorism. February 1999.
^ abcRoos, Robert (September 23, 2003). "Johns Hopkins biodefense experts head in new direction". CIDRAP. Retrieved February 8, 2017. the four full-time faculty members and 16 administrative staff members of the CCBS are all leaving Hopkins to join the UPMC. 'No decision has been made exactly what to do with the Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies, whether it'll have a new direction or mission incorporated into some other center,' [Tim Parsons] said. 'But its biodefense activities will be incorporated in some way into the new initiative of the Institute for Global Health Security.'
^UPMC Center for Health Security (January 18, 2017). "D. A. Henderson". Retrieved February 10, 2017. He was Dean Emeritus and Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a Founding Director (1998) of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies.
^Price Tyson (January 16, 2017). "Center for Health Security Joins Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School". Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Retrieved February 8, 2017. the Center for Health Security, which had previously been affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), has joined the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
^"Hopkins' Center for Health Security gets $16M grant". Maryland Daily Record. Associated Press. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Health Security has been awarded a three-year, $16 million grant to support work on strengthening health security and public health preparedness.
^Center for Biosecurity of UPMC (September 21, 2007). "Biosecurity Briefing". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved February 10, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
^Center for Biosecurity of UPMC (July 15, 2011). "Biosecurity News Today". Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2017. Biosecurity News TodayCS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
^Solomon, John (February 5, 2009). "Weekly "Biosecurity Briefing" E-Newsletter Is Becoming A Daily". In Case Of Emergency, Read Blog. Retrieved February 10, 2017. I am happy to report that a helpful weekly email resource is going daily beginning this Monday. The Biosecurity Briefing, published by the Baltimore-based Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, is being expanded.
^Rob Adams (January 18, 2017). "Our Work". Retrieved February 9, 2017. Journal: The Center provides editorial oversight for the peer-reviewed journal, Health Security, which is published 6 times per year.
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