Two health advocacy groups gave Virginia high marks in public health emergency preparedness, according to a new report by the groups.
The Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation say in the report that Virginia was among 10 states that meet seven of 10 key benchmarks of public health preparedness. No state met all 10 benchmarks.
The scores reflect improvements over time in how officials prevent, identify and respond to disease, bioterrorism threats and natural disasters. But the report noted that Virginia has decreased its public health budget from the 2010-2011 to 2011-2012 fiscal years.