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RAND Health is one of the largest independent health research groups in the world. For more than 45 years, RAND Health researchers have been conducting objective, nonpartisan research and analysis that has contributed to health policymaking in the United States and other countries.

  • Drug Policy and Trends

    Unprecedented Changes in Marijuana Policy

    Apr 30, 2015

    The marijuana policy landscape changed dramatically in 2014. Legal sales for nonmedical purposes began in Colorado and in Washington state. Voters in Washington, D.C., Alaska, and Oregon passed initiatives to liberalize their marijuana laws. Uruguay also started implementing its marijuana legalization law passed in 2013.

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

    Traumatic Brain Injury Isn't Just an NFL Problem

    Apr 30, 2015

    Chris Borland retired early out of concern for his long-term mental and emotional health as a result of football's well-documented link to traumatic brain injury. Hopefully, his bold move will lead to better prevention and treatment of brain trauma in football, but it is also an issue for young athletes, military veterans, and others.

  • Health and Wellness Promotion

    Wellbeing Project to Weave Science Into Government Decisions

    Apr 29, 2015

    Wellbeing is about individuals having the skills and opportunity to live a meaningful life, and there are countless things that cities do that either contribute or detract from that sense of meaning. Santa Monica's Wellbeing Project is working to fundamentally change how the government thinks about its citizens.

Key Topics

  • Affordable Care Act

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents one of the most sweeping reforms of the U.S. health care system ever enacted. RAND’s work on the ACA has focused on four key policy areas: costs and coverage, individual and small business marketplaces, Medicaid expansion, and payment reform and new models of care.

  • Organizing Care

    How individuals access and experience care depends on far more than health insurance. RAND Health addresses questions about organization of care, new approaches to providing care, and innovative delivery approaches.

  • Quality of Care

    Improving care is a long-term, complex challenge. In a series spanning decades, RAND has confronted this challenge by helping establishing the scientific basis for defining and measuring quality of care.

  • Healthy Populations and Communities

    Good health depends on more than health care. Health behaviors and the social and physical environment exert strong influences on community health. RAND's work examines many of these influences, such as substance use, obesity, workplace wellness, and neighborhood effects on health.

  • Health Tools

    Developing tools for improving health is part of RAND Health's ongoing commitment to translating research into real-world solutions. We give individuals, organizations, and government the tools to help them define—and tackle—their own challenges.

  • Paying for Care

    Over the last four decades, public and private sectors have experimented with payment approaches, motivating providers to deliver better care at lower cost. RAND Health has led the way in efforts to understand the links between physician payment, quality of care, and system cost.