Rich Hamburg, deputy director of the Trust for America’s Health, says the study finds many gaps in efforts to keep ahead of so-called superbugs, salmonella, the seasonal flu and more. Nebraska only scored two of a possible ten points.
“Like almost every other state in the country, there’s a long way to go,” Hamburg says. “We try to raise the bar on these types of reports and that’s in response to what we see has been a more dangerous situation with all of these outbreaks.”
Among the areas where the report found Nebraska lacking, the state does not cover routine H-I-V screening under Medicaid. Nebraska also doesn’t mandate that health care facilities report infections.
“Our goals around HPV vaccine and whooping cough vaccine were not met by the state,” Hamburg says. One of few areas where Nebraska met the guidelines was in having at least half the state’s population vaccinated for the flu.
“We have some indicators around surge capacity that insures public health laboratories, for example, are able to deal with a massive outbreak, adequately staffed and can have that staffing 24-7,” Hamburg says. “The state only met one of those three indicators.”
Nebraska only scored two out of ten possible points on the report, tied for the nation’s worst score with Georgia and New Jersey. A majority of the states only scored four, five or six points out of ten. The highest-ranked state was New Hampshire with eight out of ten.
See the full report at: www.healthyamericans.org