Congressional Briefing - August 23, 2011

The Public Health System Since 9/11: Progress Made and Challenges Remaining

a woman wearing a surgical mask at an airport


Jeffrey Wasserman, Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation; Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Jeanne Ringel, Senior Economist and Leader, Public Health Systems and Preparedness, RAND Corporation; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Anita Chandra, Behavioral Scientist and Manager, Behavioral and Social Sciences Group, RAND Corporation
Melinda Moore, Senior Natural Scientist and Associate Leader, Global Health, RAND Corporation


Art Kellermann, Vice President, RAND Corporation; Director, RAND Health, RAND Corporation


Tuesday, August 23, 2011


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Visitor Center SVC 203/2
Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.


About the Program

How far have we come in improving the public health system in the ten years since 9/11? What still needs work? Where should future improvement efforts be targeted? With Congress working to reauthorize the Pandemic All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) this year, these are critical questions. RAND researchers will share their findings regarding improvements in the U.S. public health system in the past decade and provide recommendations to effectively address future public health threats. The panelists will discuss, among other things, the effect of the current austerity on public health preparedness; developing robust performance and accountability systems; and engaging the whole community in preparedness, response, and recovery.

About RAND Health

For more than 40 years, RAND Health has been conducting objective research and analysis that helps shape health policy decisions at local, state, national, and global levels. Much of RAND Health's work addresses the consequences of current policy choices or the likely effects of proposed alternatives. RAND Health also focuses extensively on the scientific basis for improving service delivery, system performance, and organizational effectiveness. RAND Health is directed by Arthur Kellermann, MD, MPH, who holds the Paul O'Neill Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis at RAND and is a nationally known expert in emergency medicine, injury control, and public health. Visit us online at

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