Shoshana R. Shelton

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Senior Policy Analyst
Pittsburgh Office

Education

M.P.H., The Ohio State University; B.A. in English, Denison University

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Overview

Shoshana R. Shelton is a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on performance measure development, program evaluation, public health systems, infectious disease control and mitigation, and national health security. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Health Affairs, the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, and Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Shelton has worked on numerous efforts for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department of Defense (DoD). Highlights of her work include leading the development of the National Health Security Strategy objective on workforce, working closely with the CDC to develop state and local performance measures for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreement, and conducting a portfolio analysis of federally funded research on health security. She earned her M.P.H. at The Ohio State University

Recent Projects

  • National Health Security Strategy Development, Implementation, and Evaluation Support Services
  • Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) and the Road Ahead: A Proposal for Assessment and Guidance
  • Developing Updated Legionellosis Guidelines for Western Pennsylvania
  • Value of Information Analysis to Improve Biosurveillance
  • Exploring the Effect of the Diffusion of Geo-targeted Emergency Alerts

Selected Publications

Greenfield, V., Shelton, S., Balkovich, E., Davis, J., Adamson, D., The Federal Voting Assistance Program and the Road Ahead: Achieving Institutional Change Through Analysis and Collaboration, RAND (RR-882-OSD), 2015

Parker, A., Jackson, B., Martinez, A., Sanchez, R., Shelton, S., Osburg, J., Exploring the Effect of the Diffusion of Geo-targeted Emergency Alerts: the Application of Agent-Based Modeling to Understanding the Spread of Messages from the Wireless Emergency Alerts System, Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (EP-50878), 2015

Moore, M. and Shelton, S., Updated Guidelines for the Control of Legionella in Western Pennsylvania, Allegheny County Health Department (EP-66197), 2014

Shelton, S., Nelson, C., McLees, A., Mumford, K., Thomas, C., "Building Performance-Based Accountability With A Limited Empirical Evidence Base: Performance Measure Development for Public Health Preparedness," Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 7(4):373-379, 2013

Parker, A. Shelton, S., Morganti, K., Nelson, C., "Assessing Relationships Between State and Local Public Health Organizations: Evidence from the NACCHO 2008 Profile of Local Health Departments," Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 18(2):156-159, 2012

Shelton, S., Connor, K., Uscher-Pines, L., Pillemer, F., Mullikin, J., Kellermann, A., "Bioterrorism and Biological Threats Dominate Federal Health Security Research: Other Priorities Get Scant Attention," Health Affairs, 31(12):2755-2763, 2012

Nelson, C., Willis, H., Chan, E., Shelton, S., & Parker, A., "Can the Federal Government Improve Community Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies? Lessons from the Cities Readiness Initiative," Health Affairs, 29(12):2286-2293, 2010

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