Washington — Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released the sixth annual “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism” report, which finds that progress made to better protect the country from disease outbreaks, natural disasters and bioterrorism is now at risk due to budget cuts and the economic crisis. In addition, the report concludes that major gaps remain in many critical areas of preparedness, including surge capacity, rapid disease detection and food safety.
The report contains state-by-state health preparedness scores based on 10 key indicators to assess health emergency preparedness capabilities. More than half of states and D.C. achieved a score of seven or less out of 10 on key indicators. Louisiana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin scored the highest with 10 out of 10. Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Montana and Nebraska tied for the lowest score with five out of 10.
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