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Ready or Not? Letís Stop Being Caught Off-Guard When Public Health Emergencies Strike

January 12, 2017
by Laura Segal
Altarum Blog

In the Trust for America’s Health’s (TFAH) most recent Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism report on public health preparedness, we found the current public health preparedness system is not actually built for “readiness”—to be able to consistently respond in an effective and efficient way when new crises occur. Rather, when emergencies happen, the response diverts time, attention, and resources away from other ongoing needs. And, in some instances, emergency resources take months, forcing state and local public health agencies to do even more with even less.

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