Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

December 19, 2012

Va ranks high in health-emergency preparedness

RICHMOND, Va. — A new report by two health advocacy groups ranks Virginia high compared with the rest of the country in being prepared for public-health emergencies.

But the report released Wednesday says spending cuts could threaten the state’s ability to prevent and respond to disease outbreaks, disasters and other threats.

The Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation say in the report that Virginia was among 10 states that meet seven of 10 key benchmarks of public-health preparedness. No state met all 10 benchmarks.

The scores reflect improvements over time in how officials prevent, identify and respond to disease, bioterrorism threats and natural disasters. But the report noted that Virginia has decreased its public-health budget from the 2010-2011 to 2011-12 fiscal years.

 

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