Planning today for tomorrow's health and safety

Protecting the health security of a nation - now and for generations to come - is the daily mission of public and private sector professionals in communities across the United States. Find out more about the work of these professionals, and the preparedness of our nation, by exploring the National Health Security Preparedness Index today.

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Measuring Health Security Preparedness for Our Communities

The National Health Security Preparedness Index aggregates existing state-level preparedness data from a wide variety of sources and computes a range of key measures for all 50 states. Learn more about the methodology behind the Index now.

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How Strengthening National Preparedness Helps Build a Culture of Health

Good health is the bedrock of prosperous nation, and preparedness is a central component to ensuring good health. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation envisions a future in which we, as a nation, achieve comprehensive preparedness within a Culture of Health that enables all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives. Learn more about how RWJF is building a Culture of Health.

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How prepared are we in 2014?

While threats to our national health security are frightening and may seem ubiquitous, as a nation we now have protections in place that didn't exsist 10 years ago. The 2014 index results point to how these systems can strengthen preparedness and resiliency.

National Average
Preparedness Level
7.4
Preparedness
Domains Range:
6.5-8.2

Explore how we measure

America's health security is influenced by many factors. The Index analyzes the most important measures of preparedness and identifies our collective strengths, and the opportunities to better prepare and keep a nation safe.

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National
Preparedness Level
8.1
Incident & Information Management
National
Preparedness Level
6.5
Healthcare Delivery
National
Preparedness Level
5.9
Environmental & Occupational Health
National
Preparedness Level
9.1
Countermeasure Management
National
Preparedness Level
6.7
Community Planning & Engagement
National
Preparedness Level
7.8
Health Security Surveillance
8.1

Incident & Information Management

When health emergencies and other disasters do occur, it requires an immediate identification of the health incident by professionals and the implementation of an effective response plan.

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Maryland Utah Virginia Tennessee Vermont
6.5

Healthcare Delivery

From access to hospitals to the ability of numerous medical professionals to coordinate care, a comprehensive and coordinated healthcare delivery system is vital to providing preventive health options to individuals and care when something does go wrong. Healthcare Delivery includes the resources, systems, and human capital of our nation's heath infrastructure and the ability of individuals and communities to access these resources and receive treatment.

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5.9

Environmental & Occupational Health

From the air we breathe and the water we drink to the health hazards found in the workplace, the environments we live in every day have a profound impact on our health security. Environmental and occupational health measures focus on the health security of our environments, both natural and built.

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Iowa South Carolina Wisconsin Utah Kansas
9.1

Countermeasure Management

Faced with potential pandemics, bioterrorism, and other potential health security threats, the need to innovate medical countermeasures is more acute than ever before. Countermeasure management focuses on our ability to respond to any health emergency - known or unknown - and develop a solution quickly and effectively to protect and save lives.

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6.7

Community Planning & Engagement

Strengthening a nation's preparedness requires the participation and commitement of entire communities. From government agencies to community benefit organizations - and even individuals citizens - preparedness is only achieved through collective effort and collaboration.

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Connecticut Utah Vermont Massachusetts Minnesota
7.8

Health Security Surveillance

Public health surveillance is our nation's early warning system to identify health emergencies before they occur, and our measuring stick to determine the effectiveness of our health security efforts.

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