TFAH Releases Report on Public Health Preparedness

The Trust for America’s Health released this week Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism. The report determined that the country does not invest sufficiently to maintain strong, basic core capabilities for public health security readiness, and, instead, is in a continuous state of inefficiently reacting with federal emergency supplemental funding packages following each disaster.

The report provides state-by-state scores of key indicators of public health preparedness, on which California scores a six out of 10. The report also details key recommendations, such as supporting sufficient emergency preparedness funding and a complementary public health emergency fund, supporting global health security, and strengthening health system preparedness.

More information is available here. The full report may be viewed here.