Public Health Systems and Preparedness

Who We Are

RAND Health research on Public Health Systems and Preparedness seeks to minimize the population's risks from public health emergencies by improving the capability of public health systems to anticipate and respond to such emergencies.

  • Community Resilience and Long-Term Recovery

    Mar 21, 2011

    The sustained ability of a community to withstand and recover from adversity, at both the infrastructure and human levels, is a key policy issue. This project explores the key levers for building and strengthening community resilience and the specific activities communities can undertake.

  • Partners in Preparedness: How Governments Can Leverage the Strengths of NGOs in Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

    Mar 14, 2011

    In this March 2011 Congressional Briefing, behavioral scientist Joie Acosta shares action plans and policy recommendations that emerged from a community conference held on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Distinguished panelists include Admiral Thad Allen, now a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation, and Ann Williamson, President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations.

  • Special Needs Populations Mapping for Public Health Preparedness

    Jun 15, 2009

    The Special Needs Populations Mapping tool can help public health agencies develop appropriate strategies for incorporating special needs populations into public health preparedness and response planning.

  • PREPARE for Pandemic Influenza: A Toolkit to Improve Public Health Preparedness

    Dec 22, 2008

    Mounting an effective emergency response to a public health threat, such as a pandemic influenza, is a common challenge of state and local public health agencies across the country. The PREPARE toolkit provides a brief tutorial on using quality improvement methods to build agency capabilities and public health emergency preparedness.