Year 2: Power Of Public/Private Partnerships

White Paper | September 2023

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After discussions on collaborative supply chain monitoring at the 2023 Preparedness Summit, five main themes emerged:

1. Renew The Commitment To Public/Private Partnerships

The commercial market supply chain leaders and public partners from federal, state, and local public health agree partnerships are the only way for effective preparedness planning and response. Neither can do it alone. Both complement the other’s strengths.

2. Preserve Institutional Memory

Private sector partners agree that it is their responsibility as supply chain leaders to ensure that supply chain stakeholders, policymakers, and the public preserve institutional memory when it comes to future response efforts. Companies and public sector partners need to focus on transmitting these lessons learned to the next generation of leaders.

3. Recognize That Data Is Critical

Informed decision-making that utilizes impactful data is important to preparedness planning and response. Such data has multiple uses. Data can detect supply chain disruptions, assist with demand planning, and allow public sector partners to direct resources to where they are needed most.

4. Achieve Communication Consensus

Any communications effort during supply chain disruptions must contain multiple linkages between partners. These linkages should be made among trading partners within the commercial market, between the commercial market and government partners at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as among government partners. Stakeholders should take into account end-users such as healthcare providers, retail settings, and the public.

5. Develop The Industrial Base

A strong industrial base is a key component of a strategic blend of global, nearshored, and domestic product sourcing. However, a domestic industrial base requires a thoughtful approach so it is sustainable long-term. Stakeholders appreciate the role of business incentives from federal public partners. Federal partners can pre-screen companies capable of pivoting to produce medical-grade products for future pandemics and share that list with distributors and other supply chain stakeholders. End-users must be vested in supporting the domestic base for long-term sustainability.

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