Global & Disaster Medicine

OHIO: Six out of 10 on Key Indicators Related to Preventing, Detecting, Diagnosing and Responding to Outbreaks

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Ready or Not? examines the nation’s ability to respond to public health emergencies, tracks progress and vulnerabilities, and includes a review of state and federal public health preparedness policies.  Some key Ohio findings include:

No. Indicator Ohio Number of States Receiving Points
A “Y” means the state received a point for that indicator
1 Public Health Funding Commitment: State increased or maintained funding for public health from FY 2014 to FY 2015 and
FY 2015 to FY 2016.
Y 26
2 National Health Security Preparedness Index: State met or exceeded the overall national average score (6.7) of the National Health Security Preparedness IndexTM, as of 2016. 30 + D.C.
3 Public Health Accreditation: State had at least one accredited public health department. Y 43 + D.C.
4 Flu Vaccination Rate: State vaccinated at least half of their population (ages 6 months and older) for the seasonal flu from Fall 2015 to Spring 2016. 10
5 Climate Change Readiness: State received a grade of C or above in States at Risk: America’s Preparedness Report Card. 32 + D.C.
6 Food Safety: State increased the speed of DNA fingerprinting using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) testing for all reported cases of E. coli. Y 45 + D.C.
7 Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs): State implemented all four recommended activities to build capacity for HAI prevention. Y 35 + D.C.
8 Public Health Laboratories: State public health laboratory provided biosafety training and/or provided information about biosafety training courses for sentinel clinical labs (from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016). 44
9 Public Health Laboratories: State public health laboratories reported having a biosafety professional on staff (from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016). Y 47 + D.C.
10 Emergency Healthcare Access: State has a formal access program or a program in progress for getting private sector healthcare staff and supplies into restricted areas during a disaster. Y 10
Total 6

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