Assessing Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Concepts, Tools, and Challenges

Published in: Annual Review of Public Health, v. 28, Apr. 2007, p. 1-18

Posted on RAND.org on April 01, 2007

by Christopher Nelson, Nicole Lurie, Jeffrey Wasserman

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Policymakers are increasingly seeking to determine whether the federal government's recent investments in public health preparedness have left the public health system better prepared to respond to large-scale public health emergencies. Yet, there remain questions about how to define public health emergency preparedness, how much preparedness is enough, and how preparedness can be measured and assessed. This chapter identifies the key challenges associated with measuring public health preparedness and reviews approaches currently in use. The authors also identify some emerging measurement techniques that might help address some of these challenges.

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