Ohio scored poorly in a new report that compares the effectiveness of states in preventing and controlling infectious disease outbreaks.
The report, called Outbreak: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases, focuses on ten benchmarks key to keeping diseases, such as measles and whooping cough, from spreading.
The state has a different set of priorities for its public health dollars than those developed by the report’s authors, said Steve Wagner, the Ohio Health Department’s prevention division chief. Mr. Wagner said Ohio public health officials are focusing resources on “health homes;” decreasing the infant mortality rate; reducing obesity; and tobacco prevention and cessation efforts.
Ohio had plenty of company in receiving mediocre rankings. Zero is the lowest possible score; ten is the highest. Thirty-four states scored a five or lower. Three states tied for the lowest score, achieving just two: Georgia, Nebraska, and New Jersey. New Hampshire had the highest ranking, with a score of eight out 10.
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