Ramya Chari

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Policy Researcher
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Ph.D. in health policy and management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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Ramya Chari is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on environmental and social determinants of health, public health preparedness, occupational health and well-being, and environmental risk assessment. Chari has particular expertise in community-based participatory research methods and is principal investigator of multiple large-scale studies designed to support the development of citizen science and other community efforts to improve disaster preparedness, build community resilience, and address public health problems. Chari also currently leads projects focused on the conceptual and operational development of tools for measurement of worker well-being. Chari received her Ph.D. in health policy and management and her M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Recent Projects

  • Addressing Fugitive Chemical Health Risks through Community-Based Actions
  • Leveraging the Emerging Field of Disaster Citizen Science to Enhance Community Resilience and Improve Disaster Response
  • Conceptualizing and Operationalizing Well-Being for Total Worker Health
  • Building a Community Citizen Science Program for Monitoring Environmental Contamination in Louisiana Coastal Parishes


  • A road cuts through a forest on the island of Senja, north of the Arctic Circle in Norway

    Health Benefits of Addressing Climate Change

    Opponents of action to mitigate climate change often suggest that regulation could have a negative impact on jobs, but stakeholders need to consider benefits, too. For instance, lower emissions could produce savings in the form of lower health care costs, reductions in premature death, and greater well-being.

    Feb 4, 2015 Newsweek

  • man discussing treatment with a doctor

    Are You a 'Wise' Health Care Consumer?

    To be wise purchasers of health care services, consumers need access to accurate and understandable information about health plans and providers. They wrongly assume that more expensive providers are better than less expensive ones, despite inconsistent evidence that there is any link between health care cost and quality.

    Feb 5, 2013

  • family grieving

    Shifting the Burden of Mental Health Care: Helping Families

    In our national conversation on mental health, we should remember the role of families when thinking about treatment and ensure that our policies open up opportunities to support parents, siblings and relatives, and enhance their capacity for care, writes Ramya Chari.

    Dec 21, 2012 The RAND Blog