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State high on preparedness list

Oklahoma and six other states meet nine of 10 readiness indicators for facing a public health emergency.

December 16, 2009
by Kim Archer
Tulsa World

Oklahoma is among the seven best-prepared states in the country for a major public health emergency, such as disease, disaster or bioterrorism, according to a national report released Tuesday.

Nationwide, the H1N1 pandemic has served as a test of public health emergency preparedness, a test that exposed serious gaps in a fragmented, underfunded system, the authors wrote.

"This Band-Aid approach to preparedness needs to change," said Richard Hamburg, deputy director of the Trust for America's Health, which issued the report along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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