2008 Trust for Americaís Health Report Ranks Vermont Among Nationís Best in Public Health Preparedness

December 17, 2008
US States News

BURLINGTON - Vermont achieved a score of 9 out of 10 for the second year in a row in the Trust for America's Health "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism" report.

Vermont was one of only 12 states to receive a score of 9 or above for public health preparedness in the 2008 report. Only five states, including neighboring New Hampshire, scored a 10 out of 10.

Ten key public health preparedness indicators were measured including the capacity for a state's public health laboratory to test for biological threats, use of an electronic surveillance system compatible with national standards, and having in place laws that extend liability shields to healthcare volunteers in a public health emergency.

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