Ready or Not 2023: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism


May 3, 2023 • Webinar

This briefing explores the findings from TFAH’s recent report, Ready or Not 2023: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism.

The past year alone saw the U.S. surpassing 1 million deaths due to COVID-19, decreasing rates of routine vaccinations, and increasing prevalence of health misinformation. In addition, last year the U.S. experienced 10 or more billion-dollar weather-related disasters for the eighth consecutive year. The webinar will review TFAH’s 2023 Ready or Not report which measures states’ degree of preparedness to respond to a wide spectrum of health emergencies and to provide ongoing public health services.

Subject matter experts discussed the nation’s readiness for public health emergencies, examine the findings of the report, and discuss key recommendations for policymakers.


Trust for America’s Health

Children’s National Hospital


  • Mysheika W. Roberts, M.D., MPH
    Dr. Roberts is the Health Commissioner for Columbus, Ohio Public Health
  • Joelle Simpson, M.D.
    Dr. Simpson is the Division Chief, Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness for Children's National Hospital
  • Andrew Pickett, MS
    Mr. Pickett is the Director, Bureau of Emergency Preparedness and Response for Pennsylvania Department of Health


  • Dr. J. Nadine Gracia
    Dr. J. Nadine Gracia is the President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit, nonpartisan public health policy, research and advocacy organization that promotes optimal health for every person and community.