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Is Michigan ready for a public health emergency?

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A new report finds Michigan is prepared for some public health emergencies.

But there's more work to be done.

The report called Ready or Not looked at ten key indicators, including whether the state maintained or increased funding for public health programs in the past year.

Michigan did not.

“The federal, state and local budget cuts to public health preparedness, documented in the report, are very alarming and they are putting all of our past success at risk,” says Paul Kuehnert with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report found Michigan does have adequate laboratory staffing in the event of an infectious disease outbreak or chemical threats.

Michigan scored a five out of a possible ten points in the report.

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