Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in cooperation with the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and 20 development partners, today announces the public release of the National Health Security Preparedness Index™ (NHSPI™), a new way to measure and advance the nation’s readiness to protect people during disaster. New Hampshire ranked consistently at or slightly above or below the national average on the measures.
The NHSPI™ is a new tool that presents a single summary measure of each state’s health security preparedness in a consistent, standardized way. It includes 128 pre-event measures of preparedness that are mainly public health and health care system structures, processes, and outcomes. New Hampshire scored 7.1 overall on a 10-point scale, which is just below the national average for all the states of 7.2.
“Health security is a community’s readiness to protect itself from public health threats,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS, “and the NHSPI will help New Hampshire become better prepared to safeguard the health and safety of New Hampshire’s residents. We have come a very long way as a state in our emergency preparedness, but we welcome opportunities that will help us as a State to improve. We will be looking closely at these results in collaboration with our partners in the coming months to see how we can continue to improve and be better prepared.”
New Hampshire scored close to the national average for each of the five categories:
|Health Surveillance (monitoring illness)||6.7||7.3|
|Community Planning & Engagement (coordination & response among partners)||5.8||6.1|
|Incident Information Management (communication & public information)||8.2||7.7|
|Surge Management (handling increased numbers of patients)||5.8||5.8|
|Countermeasure Management (medications, vaccines & other medical response)||8.8||9.0|
Included in the Index are measures that range from the number of health professionals per 100,000 residents to measures of social capital and community cohesion. To learn more about the NHSPI™ and read the 2013 results, visit www.nhspi.org.