Monday, December 05, 2005

Press Briefing Conference Call: Report Card of Federal and State Preparedness for Bioterror, Health Emergencies

News Advisory:
Audio Press Conference
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 10 to 11 a.m.
Report Card of Federal and State Preparedness for Bioterror, Health Emergencies
Press briefing conference call to discuss a new report from Trust for America's Health (TFAH), Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism -- 2005. The two-part report includes 1) grades of major federal government health emergency preparedness programs based on a survey of experts and 2) scores for states based on 10 key indicators to gauge preparedness for bioterrorist attacks and other health emergencies.
Topics include hospital and health care worker preparedness for major emergencies, testing capabilities for biological and chemical threats, and readiness for the Strategic National Stockpile.
This is the third year in a row that TFAH conducted a review of states' public health preparedness and the first year for the federal analysis. State-specific information is available.
WHEN: 10 to 11 a.m. (ET), Tuesday, Dec. 6
-- Lowell Weicker, Jr., former three-term U.S. Senator and Governor of Connecticut and Board President of Trust for America's Health
-- Shelley Hearne, DrPH, executive director, Trust for America's Health
HOW: Please call Michael Earls at 202-223-9870, ext. 273 at TFAH 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 at 10 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday, Dec. 6.


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