Georgia's ranking in Public Health emergency preparedness

December 18, 2007

ATLANTA (GA) – Georgia got high marks in the fifth annual "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Disease, Disasters, and Bioterrorism" report released today by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH).

Georgia met nine of the 10 indicators that assess health emergency preparedness capabilities. All 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia were evaluated.

"This is very exciting news for Georgia. We welcome and value the feedback the TFAH report provides. However we recognize that it is a snapshot in time that captures 10 criteria for preparedness, we see preparedness as a process with no fixed end point. Any state that rests on its laurels and assumes that it is ready has missed the point of preparedness being an ongoing, ever-evolving process." said Dr. Stuart Brown, Director of the Georgia Division of Public Health (GDPH) at a news conference this afternoon.

One of the challenges that GDPH recognizes is the adequate distribution of antivirals from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), which deals with how to ensure and test the administration of treatment to the entire affected population.

GDPH has already started to work towards improving this challenge. Last October GDPH successfully tested the ability of private employees to assist public health in the distribution of preventive medication.

GDPH is the lead agency entrusted by the people of the State of Georgia with the ultimate responsibility for the health of communities and the entire population.

TFAH is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.

For information, contact:
Belen Moran (404) 657-3288

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