Advisory: Report Card of State Preparedness for Bioterror and Other Health Emergencies, Tues., Dec. 9th

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WHAT: Press briefing conference call to discuss a new report from Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism - 2008. This is the sixth annual edition of the report, which contains state-by-state health preparedness scores for all 50 states and Washington, DC based on 10 key indicators to assess health emergency preparedness capabilities. State-specific information is available.



Topics include health care surge capacity for mass emergencies, disease outbreak detection capabilities, pandemic flu preparedness, and food safety. The report also examines the impact of the economic crisis on U.S. preparedness for health emergencies.



WHEN: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (ET), Tuesday, December 9, 2008



WHO:

Jeffrey Levi, Ph.D., Executive Director, Trust for America's Health

James S. Marks, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Leah Devlin, DDS, MPH, State Health Director, North Carolina Division of Public Health



HOW: Please contact Laura Segal at (202) 223-9870 x 27 or lsegal@tfah.org or Liz Richardson at (202) 223-9870 x 21 or lrichardson@tfah.org at TFAH for information about the report or to reserve a line for the audio conference. The call is for credentialed media only.



The report will be made available on TFAH's Web site, http://healthyamericans.org, at 10 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday, December 9.



A replay of the audio conference will be available after 1 p.m. on TFAH's Web site, http://healthyamericans.org.



CONTACT: Laura Segal, +1-202-223-9870 x 27, lsegal@tfah.org, or Liz Richardson, +1-202-223-9870 x 21, lrichardson@tfah.org, both of Trust for America's Health



/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Dec. 5/



SOURCE Trust for America's Health


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