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In-Person Panel & Reception: Why PAHPA is the Keystone

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Thursday, March 30, 2023, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET
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Please join the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security for an in-person panel and reception titled, The Future of Pandemic Preparedness: Why PAHPA Reauthorization is the Keystone. This event will be held off-campus, in Washington D.C. There will be hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments. 

The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) is a groundbreaking piece of legislation that was first signed into law in 2006. PAHPA was reauthorized in 2013 and 2019, and the next round of reauthorization is rapidly approaching, with the bill set to expire at the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2023. PAHPA is now widely considered a “must pass” bill that bolsters the nation’s medical and public health preparedness and response capabilities against deliberate, accidental, and natural biological threats, as well as other crises. Previous iterations of PAHPA have authorized the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and provided new authorities for a variety of programs. 

Through this session, policy leaders will share their views and identify suggested priorities for the upcoming reauthorization of PAHPA—the first since the COVID-19 pandemic. The event promises to be an enlightening experience with valuable key takeaways and time for robust discussion. Please see the full list of outstanding speakers below.

Reserve Officers Association 
1 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Opening Remarks:

  • Senator Bill Cassidy, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions


  • Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dawn O’Connell, Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, Former Governor of Kansas, Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. Tom Inglesby, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security 
  • Additional speakers to be announced 


  • Jennifer Alton, President, Pathway Policy Group; (served as senior staffer to former Senator Richard Burr during 2006 passage of PAHPA)

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