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November 2013

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Online training: Building resilient communities ... The Rising cost of flood insurance ... Focus on the physician shortage

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Online Training: Building Resilient Communities

Volunteers from the North Carolina Southern Baptists help clean out some apartments that were flooded during Hurricane Sandy

FEMA / Liz Roll

Katrina, Rita, Wilma, Sandy: Significant storms in the past decade have required the nation to build resilience -- the ability to withstand day-to-day stressors and enhance the ability of citizens and infrastructures to weather negative events. Today, city planners, nongovernmental organizations, philanthropists, and government leaders are grappling with the challenge of creating disaster-resilient cities.

RAND's new easy-to-use, self-guided online training, designed by Anita Chandra and Joie Acosta, shows organizations and communities how to strengthen their resilience. Users have an opportunity to develop an action plan to build resilience, bolstering their community's capacity to respond to and recover from disaster.

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The Rising Cost of Flood Insurance

flooding left by the storm surge of Superstorm Sandy in the New Dorp Beach neighborhood of Staten Island

Reuters / Lucas Jackson

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) accumulated billions of dollars in cost overruns since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In this new report, Lloyd Dixon and colleagues assess how NFIP rate changes may impact residents and businesses in post-Superstorm Sandy New York City. The study also offers a number of policy options that could provide city residents with some relief from rate increases.

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Focus on the Physician Shortage

New Models of Primary Care Could Ease U.S. Physician Shortage

Nurse cares for an elderly woman

Louisiana and the rural sections of Alabama and Mississippi are often cited as among the most underserved regions of the U.S. when it comes to primary medical care. Add to that the fact that the United States is expected to experience a drastic shortage of primary-care physicians, according to numerous forecasts. Prominent groups have projected shortages of primary care physicians as high as 45,000 physicians by 2025. The expected shortage is due to a number of factors, including an increase in newly insured patients due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

RAND researchers have examined the alternatives to the current primary care model and have found ways to lessen and even lift the forecasted scarcity.

The policy options offered in the study, including expanding the roles of nurse practitioners and physician assistants, may have important implications for the U.S. Gulf States. The policy options described in the report may help citizens across the Gulf States access the initial treatments, diagnoses, and preventative care measures that can ultimately save their lives as well as stave off expensive hospitalizations.

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