California gets high marks for health emergency preparedness, but funding remains a worry

December 15, 2010
by Duke Helfand
Los Angeles Times

Are you worried about floods and mudslides? Perhaps salmonella poisoning or an offshore oil spill?

California has done a good job of preparing for public health emergencies, but budget cuts threaten its progress, a new study shows.

The Golden State was among 11 states that received a score of 9 out of 10 on key indicators of public health emergency preparedness in the report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Three states -- Arkansas, North Dakota and Washington -- earned perfect scores for activating their emergency operations centers and using electronic health records to communicate with healthcare providers, among other things.

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