Drawing data from 64 sources, the 2021 Release includes seven years of data from 2013 to 2020. The Index is the most comprehensive look at states' preparedness to date. It is also the first national index that looks at the nation’s health security by collectively measuring the preparedness of the states. States face varying threats, apply preparedness principles in locally relevant ways, and have unique interdependencies. The display of results on the Index website takes into account both preparedness and model complexities.
The overall preparedness level in California stands at 6.2 for 2020. The national average is 6.8.
California’s overall health security level reached 6.2 out of 10 in 2020, a 5.1% increase from 2013.
The overall health security level in California was significantly below the national average health security level of 6.8 in 2020.
California’s largest improvement occurred in the Countermeasure Management domain, which increased by 14.0% between 2013-20.
Health security levels in 2020 declined in one domain: a decline of -1.2% occurring in Incident & Information Management.
Health security levels in 2020 significantly exceeded the national average in one domain: Environmental & Occupational Health.
Health security levels in 2020 were significantly below the national average in 5 domains: Health Security Surveillance, Community Planning & Engagement Coordination, Incident & Information Management, Health Care Delivery, and Countermeasure Management.
The state’s highest health security level in 2020 occurred in the domain of Incident & Information Management with a value of 8.5.
The state’s lowest health security level in 2020 occurred in Health Care Delivery with a value of 4.2.