Health and Family Services Cabinet
New Federal Report Provides Snapshot of Kentucky's Public Health Preparedness
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2008) – Kentucky's successes in the area of public health preparedness were highlighted in the first national report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outlining effective measures developed since 2001 by all states.
The CDC compiled the report to assess progress made by states using preparedness grant funds invested by the agency in state and local preparedness efforts in every year since 2002. The report, “Public Health Preparedness: Mobilizing State by State,” also describes how CDC and its state and local partners continue to work together to address common challenges.
"This federal funding has been invaluable to Kentucky. It has allowed us to address critical needs in our capacity to respond to the growing magnitude of public health threats and emergencies," said William Hacker, M.D., commissioner of the Department for Public Health and acting undersecretary for health at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. "The majority of these funds have been placed at the local level because the response to disasters occurs first in local communities."
The report provides a snapshot of progress in the area of public health preparedness that was formed by using available data and performance measures prior to February 2007. Highlights cited in Kentucky’s snapshot include:
• Deployment of public health teams in support of Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts
• Ability to detect and investigate diseases or other health threats in the community
• Provision of laboratory services to test and confirm agents that can threaten health
• Having adequate response plans to distribute emergency vaccines, antidotes and medical supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile
In December, Kentucky received a perfect score in the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism – 2007” report and was ranked among the top seven states in the nation in preparedness to respond to acts of bioterrorism or public health emergencies. The report examined 10 key indicators to gauge state preparedness and determine America’s overall readiness to respond to bioterrorist attacks and other health emergencies. This is the fifth year that TFAH conducted a review of bioterrorism and public health preparedness. Last year, Kentucky received eight out of 10 indicators.
For the full text of the CDC report, visit http://emergency.cdc.gov/publications/feb08phprep/.