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

  • 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.

  • Ebola Outbreak: Putting the Public Back in Public Health

    Oct 9, 2014

    Medical and public health systems are crucial to controlling the transmission of Ebola and treating patients. But the public's role in becoming aware and engaged, both in West Africa and the United States, cannot be overstated.

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