December 10, 2014
Vermont scored above the national average in 18 of 24 categories of a 2014 National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) that measures a state’s ability to protect public health in the event of epidemics, foodborne disease outbreaks, terrorism and other emergencies.
Overall, Vermont scored 7.8 out of 10 points, compared to the national average of 7.3.
The index, compiled by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), measures preparedness strengths and challenges including health surveillance, information management, healthcare delivery, community planning and engagement, and Emergency Medical Services.
“The Index measures more than 200 areas of preparedness, and I am happy to see that we scored highest in the nation in two areas that are fundamental to an effective public health emergency response:Incident Management & Multi-Agency Coordination (9.7 out of 10.0), and Cross-Sector/Community Collaboration (10.0 out of 10.0),” said Acting Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan. “We continually face new and evolving health threats, such as the Ebola epidemic in West Africa that will test our ability to prepare and respond.”
Areas where Vermont scored below the national average were Long-Term Care (5.2 points compared to the national average of 6.2), and Management of Volunteers during Emergencies (5.7 points compared to the national average of 5.8).
According to the website, the index is not intended for ranking states because states face different threats that require a varied and diverse localized response. Key sources of data for the report include the United Health Foundation and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To view the index results visit: http://www.nhspi.org/.
For information on public health preparedness in Vermont, go to: http://healthvermont.gov/e_ready.aspx.
For health news, alerts and information - visit healthvermont.gov
Media Contact: Communication Office, 802-863-7281
Source: Department of Health
Last Updated at: December 10, 2014 09:26:32