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Texas ranks high in ability to respond to public health emergency

Texas ranks one of top states in preparedness for public health emergency
Texas ranks one of top states in preparedness for public health emergency
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In the seventh annual “Ready or Not” report out of Washington Tuesday, Texas ranked as one of the best-prepared states in the U.S. to respond to a public health emergency.

The report, sponsored by Trust for America's Health, a disease prevention advocacy group, rates each state in 10 criteria. The criteria include areas such as state public health funding and the ability to respond to an infectious disease outbreak.

While the report showed that the country as a whole is significantly unprepared, Texas and eight other states scored nine out of the 10 possible points. The only criteria Texas did not meet are for Medical Reserve Corps readiness. The report did not specify why Texas did not pass this specific area.

A big win for Texas is that in a time when more than half the country is slashing public health funding, Texas increased its funding by 3.1 percent in the fiscal year.

While Texas should feel confident in its ability to respond to a public health emergency, it still has work to do. According to Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the country.

Comments

  • Felecia Nichole 4 years ago

    It is great to know that Texas ranked so high. With the latest H1N1 crisis it reassures me a little more that we are going to be fine.

  • Tommy Strader 4 years ago

    We already had 1 person out this year for H1N1, glad that the rest of us didn't get it. We should all buy stock in Hand Sanitizer Companies.