National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI)
Strengthening national health security and preparedness to help build a Culture of Health.
NHSPI is an annual assessment of the nation’s day-to-day community health and preparedness for managing health emergencies.
The Preparedness Index analyzes more than 140 measures—such as hazard planning in public schools, monitoring food and water safety, wireless 9-1-1 capabilities, flu vaccination rates, and numbers of paramedics and hospitals—to calculate a composite score that provides the most comprehensive picture of health security and preparedness available.
Originally developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, responsibility for the Index transferred to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in January 2015, with the Program Management Office Personnel Office located at the University of Kentucky. Expert workgroups provide input and feedback on Index production throughout the year, while a national advisory committee provides guidance to the Foundation and program management office on strategic issues.
Grants and Grant Programs
RWJF supports programs to help everyone in our nation have the opportunity to live healthier lives.
News ReleaseReport: Nation Better Prepared to Manage Health Emergencies Than Five Years Ago
April 17, 2018
RWJF released results of the 2018 National Health Security Preparedness Index, which found that Deep South, Southwest, and Mountain West regions still lag behind in overall health security and emergency preparedness.
News ReleaseDeep Inequities Exist in States’ Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies, 2017 Index Shows
April 20, 2017
RWJF released results of the 2017 National Health Security Preparedness Index, which found that the United States scored a 6.8 on a 10-point scale for preparedness—a 1.5 percent improvement over the last year.
News ReleaseNation’s Preparedness For Public Health Emergencies Is Improving, 2016 Index Shows
April 25, 2016
An annual assessment of the National Health Security Preparedness Index shows the nation is relatively well-prepared for managing an emergency, although performance on some measures in specific states can be improved.
Managing the National Health Security Preparedness Index to help improve health security and community resiliency
Thu Oct 02 00:00:00 EDT 2014
This funding supports the National Coordinating Center (NCC) for Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) at the University of Kentucky in assuming the role of program management organization for the National Health Security Preparedness Index (Index), an emerging and important tool for improving health security and community resiliency.