Outbreak! What’s the State of Your State?

In a recently released report on America’s ability to effectively respond to an outbreak of infectious disease, the Trust for America’s Health ranked all 50 states based on 10 criteria ranging from public health funding to syringe exchange programs. The 10 indicators were chosen, according to the report, “after consulting with leading public health and healthcare officials”

The good news: 34 states scored 5/10 or better based on the indicators, and five scored 8/10.

The bad news: Only 34 states scored 5/10 or better based on the indicators, and no state satisfied all 10.

Nine states (Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wyoming) and Washington, D.C. scored 4/10. Seven states (Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Utah) only scored 3/10. Of the seven states that only scored 3/10, all failed to satisfy the requirements for the indicators of Flu Vaccination Rate, Childhood Immunization School Requirement Policies, Syringe Exchange Programs, and Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI).

The report goes on to identify several key issues and provide a list of recommendations to address them. The final sections of the report provide examples of emerging threats, and the roles and responsibilities of federal, state, and local public health officials.

The full report is available here on the HSDL.

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