Public Health


Public health refers to social, cultural, economic, and geographic conditions that affect a population's well-being. To assist local, national, and international health agencies and organizations, RAND conducts research on public health issues including disaster preparedness and recovery; surveillance, prevention, and management of infectious disease outbreaks; screening for and prevention of chronic diseases; and ways to strengthen the public health infrastructure.

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    2018 National Survey of Health Attitudes

    May 1, 2019

    This survey seeks to understand how people in the United States think about, value, and prioritize health. Results indicate that many Americans recognize the influence of social and physical factors on health, but one in four do not consider investment in community health a top priority.

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    Informing the Gun Policy Debate

    Mar 1, 2018

    RAND's Gun Policy in America initiative provides information on what scientific research can tell us about the effects of gun laws. Our goal is to establish a shared set of facts that will improve public discussions and support the development of fair and effective gun policies.

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