New Report Cites Budget Cuts as Threat to U.S. Emergency Preparedness

January 24, 2012
by Cindy Sanders
Medical News

More than a decade out from 9/11 and the anthrax attacks in the United States, seven years removed from Hurricane Katrina, and nearly three years since the H1N1 flu pandemic, public health officials have made considerable progress in detecting and responding to bioterrorism threats, natural disasters and disease outbreaks. That progress, however, may now be in jeopardy.

At the end of 2011, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released their ninth annual report — Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism. The authors found key programs to detect and respond to public health emergencies are at risk due to federal and state budget cuts.

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