From hurricanes to swine flu and even bioterrorism, the United States has repeatedly faced public health threats in recent years. Adequately managing a crisis involves cooperation between many different organizations, both in the private and public sector.
State governments are one of the main bodies to take on the challenge of handling a disaster, and not all states are equally prepared. Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit organization dedicated to disease prevention, published a report in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a large healthcare philanthropy, scoring states based on their readiness for a public health threat. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the seven states least prepared to deal with these kinds of disasters.
TFAH analysts looked at such indicators as public health funding — whether it increased from 2011 to 2012, and infectious disease control and…
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