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Pennsylvania Ranks Among Best States in Health Preparedness

03/27/2023

Harrisburg, PA - Today, Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Dr. Debra Bogen announced that Pennsylvania is ranked among the most prepared states nationwide for a public health emergency according to a national report issued this week measuring states’ readiness to respond to a spectrum of health emergencies and provide ongoing public health services.    

Trust for America’s Health’s 20th annual Ready or Not 2023: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism ranks Pennsylvania among 19 states and Washington, D.C. in the highest tier of preparedness based on 10 indicators that follow the National Health Security Preparedness Index. 

“The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has learned from recent experiences and is ready to respond to critical public health emergencies when they arise – from contagious diseases to Norfolk Southern’s train derailment just outside Darlington Township in Beaver County,” said Acting Secretary Bogen. “Our staff, along with the Departments of Environmental Protection, Agriculture, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency were engaged with residents and leaders in Western Pennsylvania in the immediate hours after the derailment, cementing our commitment to respond and assist at a moment’s notice. The Shapiro Administration is committed to maintaining a high level of public health and healthcare emergency preparedness to protect residents and communities, whenever and wherever.” 

Governor Shapiro’s proposed budget fully funds Pennsylvania’s County and Municipal Health Departments to the extent permitted in law by investing an additional $1.2 million in their operating budgets and $6.61 million in environmental health efforts. 

Read the full report at:  https://www.tfah.org/report-details/ready-or-not-2023/


MEDIA CONTACT: Mark O'Neill - ra-dhpressoffice@pa.gov

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