Lori Uscher-Pines

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Policy Researcher
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Ph.D. in health policy and management, Johns Hopkins University; M.Sc. in international relations/security studies, London School of Economics; B.A. in international relations, University of Pennsylvania

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Lori Uscher-Pines is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research interests include public health preparedness, vaccine policy, acute care, and innovations in health care delivery. Uscher-Pines is a mixed methods researcher currently working on projects to support the development of the National Health Security Strategy with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to surface best practices in the implementation of emergency medicine telemedicine programs and to assess the impact of telemedicine on health care utilization.

Before coming to RAND, Uscher-Pines completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, National Center for Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response. Her post-doctoral research explored the role of syndromic surveillance in outbreak response. Uscher-Pines also served as an adjunct faculty member in public health at Temple University. While pursuing her doctoral degree, she worked at the Philadelphia and New Jersey Departments of Public Health, where she specialized in pandemic influenza planning and crisis communications.

Uscher-Pines earned her Ph.D. in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her master's in international relations and security studies from the London School of Economics.


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    Are County Masking Requirements the Future of Influenza Prevention?

    If it doesn't seem that state laws as currently written can help increase the number of health care workers vaccinated against influenza, then what can? There is evidence that imposing consequences for vaccination refusal, including the requirement to wear a surgical mask, can help.

    Nov 20, 2013 The RAND Blog

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    Applying What Works to Reduce Non-Urgent Emergency Department Use

    It is likely that communities with low rates of non-urgent ED use not only have better access to primary care, but patients who are educated about appropriate care seeking and convenient alternatives for acute care, writes Lori Uscher-Pines.

    May 22, 2013 The RAND Blog

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    Why Aren't Americans Listening to Disaster Preparedness Messages?

    Given the recent spate of highly publicized disasters, why don't more Americans pay attention to the advice of public health officials? The messages they are getting are largely based on unverified assumptions, not hard evidence. Equally concerning, these assumptions may inadvertently hinder preparedness.

    Jun 29, 2012 RAND.org