Health Department scores well in CDC report

JACKSON — A new report on public health and emergency preparedness capabilities released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that Mississippi outperformed target scores in every area that was measured.

The 2013-2014 National Snapshot of Public Health Preparedness, released last week, is a report demonstrating how federal investments enhance the nation’s ability to respond to public health threats and emergencies.

The report highlights three preparedness capabilities funded through the CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) grant over three years: Public health laboratory testing; emergency operations coordination; and emergency public information and warning.

In all three tested areas, Mississippi scored well above the target. Some examples include:

• Public health staff with lead response roles took no longer than 11 minutes to report for immediate duty during a timed response. The target was 60 minutes.

• At least 94 percent of E. coli-positive lab tests were analyzed and entered into the CDC’s database within four working days. The target was 90 percent.

• The State Technical Assistance Review scores were at least 99 out of a 100-point scale. This score is tied to the state’s ability to receive and distribute life-saving medications or vaccines.

A total of $6,565,242 was provided to Mississippi through the CDC PHEP grant in 2010-2012.

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