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Is your State ready for a Public Health Emergency?

April 1, 2013
by Dara Lieberman
Public Health Policy News

 

In 2012, the country saw a devastating hurricane, a historic jump in whooping cough infections, a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak, and dozens of wildfires. Each of these crises cost lives and money and required a coordinated response between public health, the healthcare system, emergency management, and first responders. Unfortunately, the United States only focuses on emergency preparedness when an emergency presents itself. At that point, it is too late to save lives. Further, our country does not sustain funding for emergency preparedness in the aftermath of an incident. For instance, we ramped up funding following the September 11, 2001 and anthrax tragedies but have seen a steady decline since then.

 

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