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States Prepare for Public Health Emergencies

Across states, nearly 90 percent of hospitals, on average, are in a coalition to bring hospitals and other health care facilities together with emergency management and public health officials to ensure emergency preparedness in their communities, according to Trust for America’s Health’s 2019 report.

Further, 18 states have universal coalition participation, meaning every hospital in the state is part of a coalition. In addition, 44 states and the District of Columbia have a plan to surge public health laboratory capacity for six to eight weeks as necessary during overlapping emergencies or large outbreaks.

Trust for America’s Health examines state efforts to address indicators of public health preparedness, such as incident management, cross-sector community collaboration, institutional quality, water security, workforce resiliency and infection control, countermeasure utilization, patient safety, and health security surveillance.

The report includes several recommendations for federal, state, and local officials to consider for further strengthening emergency preparedness nationwide.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Kelcie Jimenez is a state policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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