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

  • Ebola Shows America Needs Better Disaster Preparedness

    Nov 7, 2014

    Crafting an effective, whole-community strategy to respond to Ebola could stop the spread of the disease now and lay groundwork for responses to future outbreaks and other emergencies. In the long run, this could make public preparedness and resilience valuable assets for the U.S.

  • Declaring War on Ebola

    Oct 10, 2014

    Operation United Assistance, which includes the deployment of 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa to respond to the Ebola crisis, is a welcome recognition of the range of missions the military is increasingly able to tackle, particularly in disaster-management assistance.

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