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  • RAND Weekly Recap

    Blog

    Keeping Russians Informed, No-Fly Zone Policy, Telehealth: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on how to ensure Russians have access to accurate news about the war in Ukraine, strategic considerations for keeping a no-fly zone option on the table, treating pain conditions among U.S. service members, and more.

    Mar 18, 2022

  • Tool

    Tool

    Mid-Atlantic Regional Climate Impacts Summary and Outlook: Winter 2021–2022

    This climate summary aims to inform Mid-Atlantic policymakers and practitioners about winter 2021–2022, regional climate trends, and the upcoming winter season. A tool shows an analysis of future projected changes in precipitation, compared to climate normals.

    Mar 18, 2022

  • Taiwanese soldiers walk down a street in this undated photo posted to Twitter on March 11, 2022 by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, photo courtesy of the Office of the President of Taiwan

    Commentary

    What the Invasion of Ukraine Might Teach Us About a Potential Taiwan Crisis

    Chinese leaders are learning from the conflict in Ukraine, not just by observing Russia's actions, but also the West's response. By also learning from the conflict, the United States, Taiwan, and other like-minded partners can help ensure that Beijing comes away from the current crisis with a greater appreciation of the risks that attacking Taiwan would entail.

    Mar 17, 2022

  • Tablets and powder under a magnifying glass, photo by Andrey Bukreev/Getty Images

    Commentary

    A New and More Dangerous Drug Market Requires a New Approach

    Synthetic opioids are likely to increasingly reach illegal drug markets. Failure to recognize and respond to how rapidly drug markets have changed with the arrival of illegally manufactured synthetic opioids will continue to put many at risk of exposure to fentanyl, endangering the lives of hundreds of thousands more Americans for years to come.

    Mar 16, 2022

  • President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine delivers a virtual address to Congress in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 16, 2022, photo by Sarahbeth Maney/Pool/Sipa USA via Reuters

    Commentary

    Why It Could Be a Strategic Mistake to Rule Out a No-Fly Zone Policy

    The United States has been willing to entertain many forms of support to Ukraine, but senior administration and congressional leaders have categorically ruled out declaring a no-fly zone over the country. While American policymakers are rightfully hesitant to implement a no-fly zone policy, it could be a strategic mistake to say so in public.

    Mar 16, 2022

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Care Preferences in Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment in California Nursing Homes

    Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) facilitates documentation and transition of patients' life-sustaining treatment orders across care settings. We describe the orders within POLST among all nursing home residents in California from 2011 to 2016.

    Mar 16, 2022

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    POLST Completion and Continuity in California Nursing Homes

    We used MDS 2011–2016 linked to California Section S to describe POLST completion, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and do not resuscitate orders, invalid POLST documents, and switches in POLST content across the population of California NH residents.

    Mar 16, 2022

  • File photo of Yoon Suk-yeol, who was elected president of South Korea on March 9, 2022, photo by EyePress News/Reuters

    Commentary

    Will South Korea's New President Reshape Regional Dynamics?

    Yoon Suk-yeol has been elected president of South Korea. With a tall order to fill at home and abroad, the Yoon administration has the potential to reshape South Korea's future and relationships in the region. The path that he carves for Seoul in the coming weeks and months will be watched with keen interest marked by hopes and apprehension by his neighbors.

    Mar 15, 2022

  • News Release

    News Release

    Audio-Only Telehealth Remains Common at Safety Net Health Clinics; Trend Raises Questions About Quality

    Rapid adoption of telehealth helped safety net clinics in California to maintain consistent levels of service after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the use of audio-only care has persisted in the clinics longer than in other types of health care settings.

    Mar 15, 2022

  • Attendees argue at Portland Public Schools meeting held to discuss a proposed COVID-19 vaccine mandate, in Portland, Oregon, October 26, 2021, photo by Sergio Olmos/Reuters

    Commentary

    What Is Really Polarizing Schools Right Now?

    Political polarization that rises to the level of interfering with schooling isn't simply a headache; it's a fundamental problem for public education. When there is deep disagreement over the essentials—what schools teach, how they keep children safe—schools are at risk of becoming ungovernable.

    Mar 14, 2022

  • Home caregiver talking to senior patient at home, photo by FG Trade/Getty Images

    News Release

    Research Project Will Probe Role of Structural Racism in Development of Dementias and Cognitive Decline Among African Americans

    The RAND Corporation and the University of Pittsburgh will study residents of two predominantly Black neighborhoods in Pittsburgh to examine how exposure to the legacies of structural racism at the neighborhood and individual levels may contribute to the risk of Alzheimer's disease and related dementia in African Americans.

    Mar 14, 2022

  • Woman at home on the phone holding a prescription bottle, photo by blackCAT/Getty Images

    Report

    Audio-Only Telehealth Remains Common at Safety Net Clinics; Raises Questions About Quality

    Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, rapid adoption of telehealth helped safety net clinics in California maintain service. But the use of audio-only care has persisted in the clinics, raising questions about the quality of care and equity for low-income patients.

    Mar 14, 2022

  • RAND Weekly Recap

    Blog

    Putin's State of Mind, the Digital Skills Gap, International Women's Day: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on deterring Russian President Vladimir Putin, understanding America’s gun policy debate, improving teacher diversity, and more.

    Mar 11, 2022

  • Periodical

    Periodical

    RAND Review: March-April 2022

    The cover story describes a yearlong study of a group of military veterans experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Other features examine the global digital skills gap and the magnitude and sources of disagreement among gun policy experts.

    Mar 10, 2022

  • Two women hugging in a group setting, photo by FatCamera/Getty Images

    Report

    Evaluating WhyWeRise 2020 and 2021

    WhyWeRise is a social marketing campaign conducted by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. It is focused on prevention of, and early intervention for, mental health challenges among county residents. Surveys suggest that this campaign reached a racially, culturally, and economically diverse group of county residents; fostered a feeling of support among those exposed to the campaign; and boosted residents' awareness of local resources.

    Mar 10, 2022

  • Black female teacher and schoolboy wearing face masks while using digital tablet during a class in the classroom, photo by Drazen Zigic/Getty Images

    Commentary

    'Grow Your Own' Prep Programs Can Improve Diversity of the Teaching Workforce

    Black and Hispanic educators are much more likely than white educators to say they plan to leave the profession, threatening to exacerbate an already overwhelming lack of diversity. Local, “grow your own” alternative teacher preparation programs can help to strengthen the diversity of the teaching workforce, as well as enable districts to address broader staffing challenges.

    Mar 9, 2022

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    Multimedia

    The Economic Benefits of Investing in Women's Health Research

    RAND senior sociologist Chloe Bird explains that the benefits of investing in women's health research aren't limited to women's health, but rather include the potential for enormous economic gains.

    Mar 7, 2022

  • Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani arrives at Palais Coburg for nuclear talks Vienna, Austria, February 28, 2022, photo by Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

    Commentary

    A Renewed Nuclear Deal With Iran: Turning Back the Clock?

    Diplomats from Europe, the United States, Russia, China, and Iran are in Vienna trying to revive the Iran nuclear agreement of 2015. But even if negotiations succeed, the post-deal environment could be much more unstable than it was seven years ago.

    Mar 4, 2022

  • RAND Weekly Recap

    Blog

    The West's Response to Russia, the State of the Union, Outer Space: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on how to prevent Russia's war on Ukraine from becoming a war with NATO, insights from RAND on the State of the Union, the future of outer space, and more.

    Mar 4, 2022

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Cannabis Legalization and Cannabis-Involved Pregnancy Hospitalizations in Colorado

    The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the association between presence of recreational cannabis dispensaries and prevalence of cannabis-involved pregnancy hospitalizations in Colorado.

    Mar 4, 2022