Nation’s Public Health Preparedness Could be at Risk – Emergency Management

Harsh budget cuts from federal, state and local governments may weaken nearly 10 years of progress in how the nation prevents, identifies and contains public health emergencies, according to a national annual report released last week.

The Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism report, published by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said cuts in public health staff may cause local health departments to become less efficient and leave the country at risk for disease outbreaks and bioterrorism threats.