Mississippi State Department of Health

Mississippi Ranks as One of the Most Prepared States in New Study
February 19, 2019


Jackson, Miss. – Mississippi has ranked as one of the top-tiered states in public health emergency preparedness, according to a recent study by the Trust for America’s Health.

The Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism report has tracked public health emergency preparedness in the United States since 2003. The series has documented significant progress in the nation’s level of preparedness as well as those areas still in need of improvement.

This year Mississippi is one of 17 states to place in the top tier of a three-tiered measure of performance on 10 indicators. Twenty states and the District of Columbia scored in the middle tier, while the remaining 13 states scored in the bottom tier.

The indicators used in the study were as follows:

“This report acknowledges the efforts of the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) and our many partners continuing to advance public health preparedness and improve our state’s capacity to quickly and effectively respond to a wide range of health hazards and emergencies,” said Jim Craig, MSDH Director of Health Protection. “While we appreciate the good report for Mississippi, we also know that there is still work to be done.”

The full report is available at www.tfah.org.

For more information on Emergency Planning and Response efforts at MSDH, visit https://msdh.ms.gov/page/44,0,122.html

Press Contact: MSDH Office of Communications, (601) 576-7667
Note to media: After hours or during emergencies, call 601-576-7400.

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