The ability of Massachusetts to respond to a public health emergency has significantly improved from its ranking in last years survey.
"We ranked in the top half of states nationally, and had the best score of any of the New England states, but Governor Romney believes we can do better and last summer he directed all the agencies of government, including the Department of Public Health (DPH), to improve their preparedness to respond to different types of emergencies," said DPH Commissioner Paul Cote, Jr.
Significant efforts have been underway in Massachusetts to prepare for all public health emergencies with a major focus toward preparing for an influenza pandemic. All state agencies have been working to develop Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) in partnership with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and the Executive Office of Public Safety (EOPS).
We continue to work closely with hospitals and the medical community to ensure the best the state of readiness possible should we face an influenza pandemic or any public health emergency, said Cote.