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  • People line up for COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses at a McDonald's in Chicago, Illinois, December 21, 2021, photo by Jim Vondruska/Reuters

    Report

    Hyper-Local Strategies Are Working to Promote Vaccination Equity

    Jan 28, 2022

    The Equity-First Vaccination Initiative, launched in summer 2021, has already made progress in reducing racial/ethnic disparities in U.S. COVID-19 vaccination rates. Hyper-local, community-led strategies are helping to increase vaccine confidence and access for communities that identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

  • A woman participates in a citizen science project to collect data about horseshoe crab populations in Cedar Key, Florida, March 31, 2017, photo by Florida Sea Grant

    Essay

    Citizen Science Helps Communities Participate in, Understand, and Trust Science

    Jan 4, 2022

    Good citizen science brings a community together and helps it prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. A RAND guide takes non-expert investigators from the early stages of defining their questions and setting their goals, through building their teams, to planning for action.

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    Mark Cabling

    Analyst
    Education Ph.D. in cancer studies, King's College London; M.A. in communication, culture and technology, Georgetown University; M.Sc. in media and communication, London School of Economics; B.A. in politics, University of Nottingham

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    Catherine C. Cohen

    Policy Researcher
    Education B.A. in economics, biology, Swarthmore College; B.S. in nursing, Columbia University; Ph.D. in nursing, Columbia University

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    Thomas W. Concannon

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in health policy and administration, Harvard University; M.A. in political science, McGill University; B.A. in political science, University of Massachusetts

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    Jessica Dawney

    Research Assistant
    Education M.P.H. in public health, University of York; B.A. (Hons) in sociology, University of York

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    Kathryn Pitkin Derose

    Adjunct Policy Researcher; Professor of Health Policy, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in health services, University of California, Los Angeles; M.P.H. in population and family health, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in comparative area studies-latin america, Duke University

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    Tamara Dubowitz

    Senior Policy Researcher; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Sc.D. in public health nutrition/social epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health; S.M. in maternal and child health, Harvard School of Public Health; M.Sc. in anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

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    Lena Easton-Calabria

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.S. in environmental change and management, University of Oxford; B.A. in medical anthropology and global health, University of Washington

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    Susannah Faxon-Mills

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education B.A. in community studies, University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A. in education policy, Stanford University

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    Priya Gandhi

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in health care policy and management, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in policy and management, Carnegie Mellon University; Certificate in public health, Johns Hopkins University

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    Rosa-Elena Garcia

    Associate Survey Director
    Education M.P.H. in community health sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Allyson D. Gittens

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.H.S. in social factors in health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; B.A. in sociology, Dartmouth College

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    Cynthia Gonzalez

    Director, Community-Partnered Policy and Action; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology, California Institute of Integral Studies; M.P.H. in epidemiology and biostatistics, USC Keck School of Medicine; B.A. in Chicana/o studies and public health, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Khadesia Howell

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.H. in health policy and management, Florida A&M University; B.A. in Hispanic studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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    Alexandra Huttinger

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.H. in global environmental health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; B.A. in biology, U.C. Santa Barbara

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    Rebecca Ann Lawrence

    Research Assistant
    Education BA in brain & cognitive sciences, public health, University of Rochester

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    Sabrina Lee

    Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
    Education B.S. in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics, University of California, Los Angeles; M.Ed. in urban education, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Nipher Malika

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education PhD in social policy & social research, Loma Linda University; MPH in research epidemiology, Loma Linda University; BS in biology, Northwest Nazarene University

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    Zuzanna Marciniak-Nuqui

    Analyst
    Education Ph.D. in social anthropology, University of Cambridge; M.A. in social sciences, The University of Chicago; B.Soc.Sc. in social anthropology, The University of Manchester

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    Samantha Matthews

    Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
    Education M.P.A., University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in political science, communication, University of Pennsylvania

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    Alina I. Palimaru

    Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in health policy, UC Los Angeles; M.P.P. in public policy, American University; B.A. in history, Drexel University