Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the seventh annual Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism report. The report finds that the H1N1 flu outbreak has exposed serious underlying gaps in the nation’s ability to respond to public health emergencies and that the economic crisis is straining an already fragile public health system.
The report, which was released December 15th, contains state-by-state health preparedness scores based on 10 key indicators to assess health emergency preparedness capabilities.
According to the report, investments made in pandemic and public health preparedness over the past several years dramatically improved U.S. readiness for the H1N1 outbreak. At the same time, it found that decades of underfunding meant that many core systems were not at-the-ready.
Not a single state scored all 10 indicators. The highest-ranked states (with 9 indicators) are :
– New York
– North Carolina
– North Dakota
You can get a copy of the report from Trust for America’s Health website.