For Immediate Release - December 22, 2016

Massachusetts Achieves Top Ranking for Public Health Preparedness in National Report

BOSTON — The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) has recognized Massachusetts as  first in the nation when it comes to preventing, responding to, and recovering from public health emergencies such as disease outbreaks, bioterrorism, and natural and manmade disasters. The findings were published in TFAH’s annual Ready or Not? Report which ranks all 50 states on a set of key preparedness indicators.

“Our top ranking in the Trust for America’s Health report is a testament to the collaborative efforts of public health and emergency management agencies, hospitals, health centers, healthcare providers, community-based organizations and residents to make Massachusetts as prepared and resilient as possible – no matter what,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH.

The TFAH report ranks each state on 10 indicators, including:

  • Public Health Funding Commitment
  • National Health Security Preparedness Index
  • Public Health Accreditation
  • Flu Vaccination Rate
  • Climate Change Readiness
  • Food Safety
  • Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs)
  • Public Health Laboratories – Biosafety Training
  • Public Health Laboratories – Biosafety Professional on Staff
  • Emergency Health Care Access

Massachusetts was the only state in the nation to receive credit for all 10 indicators.

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