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RAND was contracted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop resources and prepare analyses that help describe and enhance key aspects of state and local public health emergency preparedness. As part of this work, RAND was asked to compile a repository of exemplary practices in public health preparedness. This report provides an overview of the methods and criteria used to select and nominate 13 candidate practices for the repository and provides brief descriptions of the practices that have been selected and approved by the sponsor as exemplary practices.

The research described in this report was conducted by the RAND Center for Domestic and International Health Security for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness.

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