CDC says state preparedness much improved since 2001

February 20, 2008
by Robert Roos and Lisa Schnirring

In response to a question, Besser said he sees the CDC report as complementing the work of Trust for America's Health (TFAH), a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, which has published an evaluation of state preparedness each year since 2003. In its 2007 report, TFAH said that although states have made progress preparing for public health emergencies, federal funding cuts threaten to erode the gains. "TFAH has done a tremendous service," Besser said of the group's work in monitoring state preparedness. Gerberding added that the TFAH reports take a broad view of state preparedness, whereas the CDC report specifically assesses the impact of the agency's cooperative agreement program investments.

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