For the second consecutive year Vermont scored highest among the 50 states and District of Columbia in public health protection readiness according to the National Health Security Preparedness Index. The Index released on Friday, measures the nation’s ability to keep people safe and healthy in the event of epidemics, food borne disease outbreaks, terrorism and other large-scale public health emergencies.
Vermont scored 7.7 out of 10 points, compared to the national average of 6.8. States were rated on 139 measures. Vermont was rated higher than the national average in five of six index domains and matched the national average in the other. The overall preparedness level in New Hampshire stands at 7.3 for the 2017 Index release well above the national average of 6.8.
The Index is issued by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation in cooperation with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).