RAND Experts Available to Discuss Global Health Implications of Coronavirus

January 22, 2020

RAND Corporation researchers Jennifer Bouey, Courtney Gidengil and Kathryn (Casey) Bouskill are available to discuss the spread of the coronavirus and its U.S. and global health implications.

Among the topics they may discuss:

  • Pandemic control is especially challenging in megacities
  • China's vulnerability to early reporting negligence is due to political concerns rather than technology deficiencies.
  • The capacities for virus surveillance systems and genomic technology were built by U.S.–China collaborations after the SARS outbreak in 2004.
  • While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has determined the risk to the American public is low, it is taking proactive preparedness precautions.
  • The broader landscape of global health security and current policy limitations.

Jennifer Huang Bouey is a senior policy researcher and Tang Chair in China Policy Studies at RAND. As an epidemiologist with training in clinical medicine and quantitative methods, Dr. Bouey's research centers on global health strategies and social determinants of health. Bouey has served as a consultant to the World Bank, Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Save the Children Federation, Inc., and China's National Centers for Disease Control. Bouey received her Master of Public Health degree and Ph.D. in epidemiology from the George Washington University and her M.D. from the Peking University School of Medicine.

Courtney A. Gidengil is director of RAND's Boston office and a senior physician policy researcher. She is board certified in both general pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. Dr. Gidengil trained as a resident in pediatrics at Hasbro Children's Hospital and Brown University. She completed further training in pediatric infectious diseases at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she joined the division as faculty in 2009. Her research training includes the Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program. Dr. Gidengil earned her M.P.H. in clinical effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health and both her B.Sc. in psychology and M.D. from McGill University.

Kathryn (Casey) Bouskill is a social scientist at RAND and associate director of the RAND Center for Global Risk and Security. She is also professor of core coursework at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. An anthropologist by training, Bouskill draws on qualitative and quantitative methods to study a range of sociocultural- and health-related issues. Her topical areas of focus include: the role of emerging technologies in health and wellbeing, issues in cancer prevention and survivorship, military mental health, social cohesion in a globalizing world, and global health. Bouskill has worked and taught in the United States and Austria, where she served as a Fulbright scholar.


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