WPR News
6:47 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Wyoming could do more to prepare for a medical emergency

Laramie, WY – Wyoming is in the middle-of-the-pack of a national review of how well states are prepared for a widespread medical emergency.
Wyoming and Colorado got so-so grades in a report out today/Tuesday from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The states were credited for such things as having enough lab workforce to respond to an infectious disease outbreak such as pandemic flu. But the states were faulted in some areas, especially for cutting funding for public health services.
The report warns that emergency preparedness among health care providers is at risk from state budget cuts. Over the last two years, 33 states and Washington D.C. made cuts in their public health budgets.