As cases for the H1N1 flu virus decline and vaccine supplies increase, health officials have stepped back to analyze the nation’s response to health emergencies.
In a report issued by the Trust for American’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, almost two-thirds of the states scored seven or less out of 10 indicators of emergency preparedness.
Indiana met seven of the study’s objectives, leaving room for improvement.
States were graded on:
- Purchase of antiviral drugs
- Hospital bed availability
- Staffing of public health laboratories for around-the-clock delivery of disease samples
- Biosurveillance that is compatible with CDC’s national Electronic Disease Surveillance System
- Food safety
- Ability to meet the Medical Reserve Corps readiness criteria
- A required multi-hazard written evacuation and relocation plan for licensed childcare facilities
- Legal preparedness in relation to emergency liability protection
- Public health funding commitment
Of the 10 indicators, eight states tied for the highest score of nine and 20 states scored six or less.
The study indicated Indiana fell short by not requiring licensed child care facilities to have evacuation and relocation plans, not providing continuous lab service, and failure to increase or maintain funding of public health services.
Read the full report here.