Public Health Preparedness


Public health emergencies such as infectious disease, bioterrorism, or natural disasters require a coordinated response at the local, national, and international levels. RAND research improves the capability of public health systems to anticipate and prepare for such emergencies, by providing a robust set of standardized response measures, tabletop exercises, and toolkits; using GIS technology for planning; and identifying best practices and lessons learned from multiagency exercises.

  • Phlebotomist in hospital delivering bag of human blood to doctor

    Research Brief

    Building a More Sustainable U.S. Blood System

    Nov 28, 2016

    Medical advances have dramatically reduced demand for blood, putting financial stress on blood centers. How can policymakers ensure the safety and sustainability of the blood supply?

  • Multimedia

    Vaccines: The Real Story

    Jul 7, 2015

    Medical expert Melinda Moore, M.D., outlines the facts about vaccines in the wake of a new California law requiring all schoolchildren to be vaccinated.

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    Kathryn Connor

    Adjunct Policy Researcher
    Education M.P.P., University of Chicago; B.A. in economics, Baylor University

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    Laura J. Faherty

    Physician Policy Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.A. in history of science, Princeton University; M.D., Emory University School of Medicine; M.P.H. in global epidemiology, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health; M.S.H.P. in health policy research, University of Pennsylvania

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    Suzanne Lee Genc

    Associate Physical Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in physics, University of California, Irvine

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    Daniel M. Gerstein

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in biodefense, George Mason University; M.S. in national security, National Defense University; M.M.A.S. in national security strategy, U.S. Army Command & General Staff College; M.S. in operations research, Georgia Institute of Technology; B.S. in engineering, United States Military Academy

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    Max Izenberg

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.Sc. in health policy, planning, and financing, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine / London School of Economics; B.S. in public health informatics, Tulane University

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    Andrew Lauland

    Senior International/Defense Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.P. in public policy/admin/analysis, Harvard University; B.A. in economics, Georgetown University

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    Kristin J. Leuschner

    Research Communications Analyst
    Education Ph.D. in English, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Matthew W. Lewis

    Senior Research Scientist
    Education B.A. in developmental psychology and education, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D. and M.A. in cognitive psychology, complex skill acquisition, Carnegie Mellon University

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    Samantha McBirney

    Associate Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, University of Southern Calif; M.S. in biomedical engineering, University of Southern Calif; B.S. in biomechanical engineering, UC Berkeley

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    Christopher Nelson

    Senior Political Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in political science, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.A. in political science, University of Minnesota

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    Stuart S. Olmsted

    Director of Operations, Research and Analysis; Senior Natural Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in biophysics, Johns Hopkins University; B.S. in earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    Jeanne S. Ringel

    Director, Access and Delivery Program; Senior Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in economics, University of Maryland, College Park; M.A. in economics, University of Maryland, College Park

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    Lori Uscher-Pines

    Senior Policy Researcher; Research Quality Assurance Manager
    Education Ph.D. in health policy and management, Johns Hopkins University; M.Sc. in international relations/security studies, London School of Economics; B.A. in international relations, University of Pennsylvania

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    Jeffrey Wasserman

    Adjunct Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in public policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.S. in public policy analysis, B.A. in political science, University of Rochester

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    Malcolm V. Williams

    Senior Policy Researcher; Associate Research Department Director, Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department
    Education Ph.D. in health policy, Harvard University; M.P.P., Georgetown University

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    Henry H. Willis

    Associate Director, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC); Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in engineering and public policy, Carnegie Mellon University; M.A. in environmental engineering and science, University of Cincinnati; B.A. in chemistry and environmental sciences, University of Pennsylvania