Melinda Moore

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Senior Natural Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office

Education

M.D., Harvard Medical School; M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health

Media Resources

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Overview

Melinda Moore is a public health physician, senior natural scientist, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Moore previously served with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 20 years and the Department of Health and Human Services' Office Global Health Affairs for five years. At RAND, she has focused on infectious disease surveillance, health security and public health preparedness, primary care, military health, environmental health, monitoring and evaluation, management information systems, and research management. Health security projects she has led or participated in have identified strategies to improve global influenza surveillance; implemented tabletop pandemic influenza preparedness exercises in the United States, Southeast Asia, and Middle East; assessed the U.S. health response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic; and supported development of the National Health Security Strategy. She has led or co-led military health projects related to medical intelligence, community disaster preparedness, the DoD Serum Repository, Army veterinarians in stability operations, evaluation of humanitarian assistance efforts, and assessment of military biosurveillance. She led RAND's contributions to an environmental health strategy for the United Arab Emirates. Since 2010, she has led RAND's efforts to improve primary health care delivery in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and since 2012 has provided consultation to the Qatar Foundation in establishing management of the country's national research strategy. Moore is board certified in pediatrics and preventive medicine, has worked in more than 45 countries, and speaks five languages. She is a retired Medical Officer (Captain, O6) of the U.S. Public Health Service.

Previous Positions

Deputy Director, Office of Global Health Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Associate Director for Global Health, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Acting Associate Director for Global Health, CDC; First chair of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation's Health Task Force

Recent Projects

  • National Health Security Strategy
  • Primary care in Kurdistan Region of Iraq
  • Qatar National Research Strategy
  • Regional disease surveillance cooperation in the Mekong Basin
  • Community disaster preparedness

Selected Publications

Moore M, Dausey DJ, Phommasack B, Touch S, Lu G, Lwin Nyein S, Ungchusak K, Vung ND, Oo MK, "Sustainability of sub-regional disease surveillance networks," Global Health Governance, (2), 2012

Moore M, "The global dimensions of public health preparedness and implications for U.S. action," American Journal of Public Health, 102(6):e1-e7, 2012

Moore M, Dausey DJ, "Response to the 2009-H1N1 Influenza Pandemic in the Mekong Basin: Surveys of Country Health Leaders," BMC Research Notes, 4:361, 2011

Olmsted SS, Moore M, Meili RC, Duber HC, Wasserman J, Sama P, Mundell B, Hilborne LH, "Strengthening Laboratory Systems in Resource-Limited Settings," Am J Clin Pathology, 134:374-380, 2010

Moore M, Trujillo HR, Stearns BK, Basurto-Davila R, Evans DK, "Learning from Exemplary Practices in International Disaster Management: A Fresh Avenue to Informa U.S. Policy?" J. Homeland Security and Emergency management, 6(1), 2009

Kimball AM, Moore M, French HM, Arima Y, Kumnuan U, Suwit W, Taylor T, Sok T, Leventhal A, "Regional Infectious Disease Surveillance Networks and their Potential to Facilitate the Implementation of the International Health Regulations," Medical Clinics of North America, 92(6):1459-1471, 2008

Moore M, Chan E, Lurie N, Schaefer AG, Varda DV, Zambrano JA, "Strategies to improve global influenza surveillance: A decision tool for policymakers," BioMed Central Public Health, 8:186, 2008

G. Cecchine and M. Moore, Infectious Disease and National Security: Strategic Information Needs, RAND Corporation (TR-405), 2006

Honors & Awards

  • President's Merit Bonus Gold Award, RAND President
  • President's Award, RAND President
  • President's Merit Bonus Silver Award, RAND President

Commentary

  • A burial team wearing protective clothing prepares to enter the home a person suspected of having died from Ebola in Freetown, Sierra Leone, September 28, 2014

    Ebola Outbreak: Putting the Public Back in Public Health

    Medical and public health systems are crucial to controlling the transmission of Ebola and treating patients. But the public's role in becoming aware and engaged, both in West Africa and the United States, cannot be overstated.

    Oct 9, 2014 | The Hill

  • A child receives polio vaccination during an anti-polio campaign on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan

    An Outbreak of Outbreaks

    Lately, stories about outbreaks seem to be spreading faster than the diseases themselves. An outbreak of measles in Ohio is just part of an 18-year high of U.S. cases. Meanwhile, polio continues to circulate in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria, while spreading to other countries, like Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Syria.

    Jun 11, 2014 | The Health Care Blog

  • Lab specialist working on avian influenza

    H7N9 Bird Flu — Health Authorities Are Prepared, but Must Stay on High Alert

    Having dealt with outbreaks of H5N1 bird flu and other communicable diseases like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 and H1N1 swine flu in 2009, health officials are now far better prepared to detect new diseases early and react quickly to monitor and contain their spread.

    May 10, 2013 | the Asia Healthcare Blog

  • Heed Film Lessons on Outbreak

    To assure the health security of the United States, we must be capable of stopping anything a terrorist or Mother Nature might throw at us. Wholesale cuts to public health are taking us farther from that goal, write Art Kellermann and Melinda Moore.

    Dec 29, 2011 | Atlanta Journal Constitution

  • Flu and Far Between

    In a world where viruses travel as fast as jets, it becomesimportant for governments to share timely informationand accelerate the production and delivery of vaccines, writes Melinda Moore.

    Sep 21, 2010 | Public Service Review: European Union

  • Swine Flu: A Real Security Threat

    In the rush of constant news updates on swine flu, we must recognize that controlling the spread of this disease is not simply a health concern but also one of national security. And in today's globalized world, the spread of swine flu has become not just a U.S. national security threat but every country's national security threat, writes Melinda Moore.

    Apr 30, 2009 | Baltimore Sun

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