Ready or Not? Protecting the Public From Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism 2017

Ready or Not? Protecting the Public From Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism 2017

Federal funding to support a basic level of preparedness for public health emergencies has been cut by more than half since 2002, with only nineteen states and the District of Columbia maintaining or increasing public health funding commitments in fiscal year 2016-17, a report from the finds. The annual report, (116 pages, PDF), found that in twenty states and the District of Columbia at least 70 percent of hospitals report meeting the core elements of antibiotic stewardship programs; twenty states vaccinated at least half their population against seasonal flu; and fourteen states have joined the United States Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of states committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement. Funded by the , the report features commentaries by six public health officials and calls for a public health emergency fund to provide surge funding in response to major threats, innovating and modernizing infrastructure, and recruiting and training a next-generation public health workforce with expertise in technology.