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Public health emergencies such as infectious disease, bioterrorism, or natural disasters require a coordinated response at the local, national, and international levels. RAND research improves the capability of public health systems to anticipate and prepare for such emergencies, by providing a robust set of standardized response measures, tabletop exercises, and toolkits; using GIS technology for planning; and identifying best practices and lessons learned from multiagency exercises.

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    Research Brief

    Building a More Sustainable U.S. Blood System

    Nov 28, 2016

    Medical advances have dramatically reduced demand for blood, putting financial stress on blood centers. How can policymakers ensure the safety and sustainability of the blood supply?

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    Vaccines: The Real Story

    Jul 7, 2015

    Medical expert Melinda Moore, M.D., outlines the facts about vaccines in the wake of a new California law requiring all schoolchildren to be vaccinated.

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