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RAND Gulf States Policy Institute Newsletter

March 2013

A periodic report on the activities of the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute

What's New

Presentation to Congressional Staff on RAND's Contributions to Louisiana Coastal Planning

Hurricane Sandy aftermath

In this January 2013 Congressional Briefing, Jordan Fischbach describes RAND’s work on the 2012 Coastal Master Plan and key lessons that can make other communities more resilient in the face of natural disasters.

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Financing Operation and Maintenance Costs of Hurricane Protection Infrastructure: Options for Louisiana

Louisiana levee

RAND analyzed the fiscal capacity of eight local levee districts in southern Louisiana to operate and maintain the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System currently under construction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Researchers discuss their findings and describe options other states have used to generate revenue to cover O&M costs.

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Spotlight on . . . School Safety

The Shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School

School children

Nothing can reverse the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, or return the lost children and educators to their families. But research can guide recovery and may help prevent future tragedies. Check out RAND research and commentary in three related areas.

1. Helping children heal after exposure to violence.

Whether at home, at school, or in the community, exposure to violence raises concerns about not just the potential for physical harm, but also the longer-term developmental and mental health risks for children.

Children's exposure to violence  

2. Improving access to mental health care.

If policymakers and the public expect the mental health community to play a significant role in preventing future incidents like Newtown, the mental health research agenda must become a higher national priority in future federal funding decisions, writes RAND researcher Terry Schell.

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3. Informing the gun control debate.

Some of RAND's top researchers share what is and isn't known about firearms and gun control.

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Recent RAND Research

Exploring the Association Between Military Base Neighborhood Characteristics and Soldiers' and Airmen's Outcomes

Barksdale AFB housing ribbon cutting ceremony

Researchers found that the use of neighborhood theory and social indicators research can be useful for understanding the quality of life in and around military bases like those in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. With further refinement, these methods can help base managers who are responsible for allocating resources to military families to ensure service-member and family well-being.

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