2018 National Health Security Preparedness Index

2018 National Health Security Preparedness Index

The United States' overall readiness for managing health emergencies has been improving steadily since 2013, an assessment by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds. Based on indicators tied to health security and surveillance, community planning and engagement, incident and information management, healthcare delivery, countermeasure management, and environmental occupational health, the 2018 National Health Security Preparedness Index scored the nation's overall preparedness in 2017 at 7.1, compared with 6.9 in 2016 and 6.4 in 2013. The five-year upward trend was strongest in health security surveillance (8.1 in 2017), community planning and engagement (6.0), and incident and information management (8.8). The state-by-state index also found that eighteen states achieved preparedness levels that exceed the national average, while twenty-one states scored below the national average.