Public Health Preparedness
Editor’s note: Given recent events such as hurricane Katrina and H1N1 these statistics are concerning at best.
- A recent report on the state of emergency preparedness in the U.S. shows:
- There has been a 27% cut to federal support for public health preparedness since FY 2005
- 27 states cut funding for public health from FY 2007-08 to 2008-09.
- 13 states have purchased less than 50% of their share of federally subsidized antiviral drugs to stockpile for use during an influenza pandemic
- 14 states do not have the capacity in place to assure the timely pick-up and delivery of laboratory samples on a 24/7 basis to the Laboratory Response Network (LRN).
- 11 states and D.C. report not having enough laboratory staffing capacity to work five 12-hour days for six to eight weeks in response to an infectious disease outbreak, such as H1N1.
Source: “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism,” Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, December 2009,http://www.rwjf.org/files/research/20091215tfahreadyornot-3.pdf
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