Trust for America's Health

June 10, 2009
by Editorial Staff

A new report from the Trust for America's Health gives U.S. public health officials high marks for communication, coordination and ability to adapt to a rapidly changing situation during the recent outbreak of novel H1N1 influenza, but the report (24-page PDF; About PDFs) also says the outbreak revealed that the nation's public health capacity would be overwhelmed by a more severe or widespread outbreak.

"H1N1 is a real-world test of our initial emergency response capabilities," said Jeff Levi, Ph.D., executive director of the Trust for America's Health, in a June 4 news release. "All of the planning and preparations have paid off. The country is significantly ahead of where we were a few years ago.

In its report, the Trust for America's Health makes ten recommendations aimed at addressing core vulnerabilities in the nation's pandemic preparedness. Among those recommendations:

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