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Va ranks high in health-emergency preparedness, but spending cuts could threaten capabilities

December 19, 2012
Associated Press/Washington Post

 

An annual report released Wednesday by two health advocacy groups ranks Virginia high compared with the rest of the country in being prepared for public-health emergencies, but said spending cuts could threaten the state’s ability to prevent and respond to disease outbreaks, disasters and other threats.

The Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation say Virginia was among 10 states that meet seven of 10 key benchmarks of public-health preparedness. No state met all 10 benchmarks, and a majority of states met six or fewer of the measures.

 

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