Drawing data from 64 sources, the 2018 Release includes five 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 Virginia stands at 7.8 for 2017. The national average is 7.1.
Virginia’s overall health security level reached 7.8 out of 10 in 2017, a 13.0% increase from 2013.
The overall health security level in Virginia was significantly above the national average health security level of 7.1 in 2017.
Virginia’s largest improvement occurred in the Community Planning & Engagement domain, which increased by 34.8% between 2013-17.
Health security levels in 2017 declined in no domains.
Health security levels in 2017 significantly exceeded the national average in 5 domains: Health Security Surveillance, Incident & Information Management, Healthcare Delivery, Countermeasure Management, and Environmental & Occupational Health.
Health security levels in 2017 were significantly below the national average in none of the six domains.
The state’s highest health security level in 2017 occurred in the domain of Incident & Information Management with a value of 9.7.
The state’s lowest health security level in 2017 occurred in Healthcare Delivery with a value of 6.0.