It’s Report Card Time! Yikes, Some A’s and B’s…and some D’s and F’s!

In a recent press release, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced its new report, 2013-2014 National Snapshot of Public Health Preparedness.

This is the sixth installment of the annual report produced by the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.

The report covers events during 2012 and 2013 and focuses on how federal investments improve the nation’s public health preparedness level. According to the press release, the report combines fact sheets about the 50 states, four metropolitan areas (Chicago, Los Angeles County, New York City and Washington D.C.) and eight U.S. territories that are being funded by the CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement.

“CDC support for state emergency preparedness is vital to the health security of Americans,” said CDC director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH.

“The lives protected by the public health response to Hurricane Sandy, the fungal meningitis outbreak, and the tornadoes in Joplin are just a few examples of how communities and CDC can work together to protect the public's health when its needed most,” said Frieden.

Highlights

Here are some highlights from the report, quoted directly from the press release.

  • In 2012, across the 62 PHEP awardees, Emergence Management Program (EMP) activities included 185 engagements and 204 exercises. Internationally, EMP activities across 35 countries included 15 activations, 19 engagements, and 12 exercises.
  • During outbreaks and emergencies, response time is essential. In 2012, lead state responders reported for immediate duty within 27 minutes of receiving notification of a potential public health emergency – 9 minutes faster than the 2011 national average.
  • In 2012, CDC updated its select agent regulations, resulting in reclassification and reduction of agents and toxins on the Select Agent list and established standards for individuals with access to select agents and toxins and improved physical and information security standards.
  • The percentage of E. coli-positive tests analyzed and entered into the PulseNet database within four working days increased from 90 percent to 94 percent and timely testing and reporting of Listeria-positive results increased from 88 percent to 92 percent.
  • States, localities, and territorial areas ensure medicine, vaccines, and medical supplies are available to the public during large scale public health emergencies by supplementing local supplies with assets from CDC’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). Technical Assistance Review (TAR) scores demonstrate planning to receive, distribute, and dispense SNS assets to the public during an emergency. During 2011-2012:
    •  the median state TAR score was 98 (out of 100)
    •  the median locality TAR score was 100 (out of 100)

 

To view the CDC report for free, click here: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0129-health-security.html