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January 11, 2006

New state public health preparedness rankings

Filed under: Preparedness and Response,State and Local HLS — by Christian Beckner on January 11, 2006

The American College of Emergency Physicians has a new report out this week that grades all 50 states’ (and DC’s) emergency health care sytems, along four metrics: (1) access, (2) quality and patient safety, (3) public health and safety, and (4) medical liability.

On the “public health and safety” metric, which is the one that most closely tracks to emergency preparedness (but also includes things like enforcement of seat belt laws and childhood immunization), the top-ranked states are (in order) New York, Maryland, California, Michigan and Massachusetts. And the five bottom-ranked states are Nevada, Florida, Idaho, Montana, and in last place, South Dakota.

With the avian flu wending its way around the world and reaching crisis stage in Turkey this week, there’s no time like the present for states to pay new attention to remedying their public health deficiencies.

The full report, which includes detailed summaries for the 50 states (plus DC) is available here (5.5MB PDF file).

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