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

  • Six Takeaways from the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

    Aug 8, 2014

    No amount of research can save those who've already perished from Ebola in West Africa, but our capacity to learn from such tragedies is a silver lining that has historically enhanced global resilience to disease. With that in mind, here are six key lessons from the outbreak.

  • 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.

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