Kansas gets 6 of 10 in health preparedness report

Kansas scores a six out of 10 on the latest emergency health preparedness report, which focuses this year on H1N1 preparedness.

The report, released today by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said Kansas was one of 20 states that scored six or less on 10 indicators of public health emergency preparedness.

Kansas earned a six out of 10 last year as well, on a different set of measures. They change each year because as some are adopted nationwide, they become less meaningful.

The report's authors said public health improvements made through the years meant the United States was much more prepared to deal with the H1N1 outbreak than it would have been in earlier years.

But it said the outbreak also "vividly demonstrated the existing gaps in public health preparedness."

No state got a 10; eight states earned a nine.

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