Public Health Systems and Preparedness

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As recent pandemics, natural disasters, and bioterrorist attacks have demonstrated, public health concerns are intertwined with public safety and national security issues. RAND research has helped communities and governments evaluate their readiness for public health emergencies and develop guidelines for preventing and managing them.

From the RAND Blog

  • An Outbreak of Outbreaks

    Jun 11, 2014

    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.

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

    May 10, 2013

    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.

Latest Research and Publications

Research in Progress

  • Strengthening Public Health Preparedness

    Projects examining efforts to strengthen and measure community resilience, disease surveillance, and more
  • Measures and Tools

    Developing resilience and recovery measures and evaluating organizational partnerships for community disaster resilience
  • Vaccination

    Research projects covering topics including vaccine safety, efforts to increase use of preventive services, ethnic disparities in influenza vaccinations, and more

Last updated: August 2013