December 14, 2010
A new report ranks Virginia high among the 50 states in being prepared for public-health emergencies.
But the report released Tuesday by two health advocacy groups says spending cuts could threaten the state's ability to prevent and respond to disease outbreaks, disasters and other threats.
The Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation say in the report that Virginia was among 14 states that meet nine of 10 key benchmarks of public-health preparedness.
The scores reflect improvements over time in how officials prevent, identify and respond to disease, bioterrorism threats and natural disasters. But the report noted that Virginia has decreased its public-health budget from the 2008-09 to 2009-10 fiscal years.