Emergency preparedness report says pandemic response has improved

Emergency Management Alert, December 22, 2009

A December 15, 2009 national report entitled Ready or Not? Protecting The Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism, which focused on the nation's response, state by state, to the H1N1 flu virus outbreak, concluded that hospitals are more prepared for the H1N1 flu virus outbreak than they were just a few years ago.

The report, sponsored by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving healthcare, studies how investments in America’s public health emergency response capabilities have led to major improvements in our nation’s readiness for an outbreak or emergency. The report also concluded that certain areas—such as adequate staffing levels for appropriate reporting and monitoring of outbreaks, were lacking. The report also urged for more funding for prevention strategies instead of emergency reactive funding.

To read the full report, click here.

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