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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.

  • Pedestrians in a region of the South Bronx that has seen a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York August 7, 2015, photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters

    Commentary

    Control Disease in a New York Minute

    Aug 20, 2015

    Legionella bacteria are ubiquitous in many warm-water environments, but outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease like the recent one in the South Bronx don't have to be. Effective public health policies can help inhibit Legionella growth, minimize the occurrence and impact of outbreaks, and save lives.

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    Multimedia

    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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