Drawing data from 59 sources, the 2017 Release includes four years of data from 2013 to 2017. 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 Iowa stands at 7.0 for 2016. The national average is 6.8.
Iowa’s preparedness level reached 7.0 out of 10 in 2016, a 2.9% increase from 2013.
The overall preparedness level in Iowa was in line with the national average preparedness level of 6.8 in 2016.
Iowa’s largest improvement occurred in the Health Security Surveillance domain, which increased by 7.8% between 2013-16.
Preparedness levels declined in one domain: a decline of -1.1% occurring in Environmental & Occupational Health.
Preparedness levels significantly exceeded the national average in 5 domains: Health Security Surveillance, Incident & Information Management, Healthcare Delivery, Countermeasure Management, and Environmental & Occupational Health.
Preparedness levels were significantly below the national average in one domain: Community Planning & Engagement.
The state’s highest preparedness level in 2016 occurred in the domain of Environmental & Occupational Health with a value of 8.7. The state’s lowest preparedness level in 2016 occurred in Community Planning & Engagement with a value of 4.0.