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Infectious disease scorecard reveals state gaps, makes recommendations

December 17, 2013
by Lisa Schnirring
CIDRAP

Outdated information systems and budget cuts are among the problems that prevent the nation from doing a better job of preventing and controlling infectious disease outbreaks, according to detailed review today from two public health groups.

The report from Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) looked at key disease outbreak indicators for each state in finding gaps and overall themes that could improve the nation's detection and response capacities. The groups released the 124-page report, titled Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases 2013, today at a media telebriefing.

Over the past decade TFAH has released annual scorecards that rated the national and state preparedness and outbreak response, but Jeff Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group in Washington, DC, said the group shifted away from the preparedness focus this year because a consortium of groups has taken on the analysis of that component.

 

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