Jun 21, 2022
Publications from Community Health and Environmental Policy
This seasonal climate summary draws from a variety of scientific resources for the benefit of policymakers, practitioners, residents, and community leaders in the Mid-Atlantic region, with a focus on the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This edition includes details on spring 2022 weather, regional climate trends, and the upcoming summer season. An interactive tool shows an analysis of future projected changes in total monthly precipitation, compared to two baseline periods, across the Mid-Atlantic.
Preparing for California's Edible Food Recovery Mandate: Findings from the Los Angeles Food Recovery Study 2022
Under a new state law, by 2025 California must reduce organic waste by 75 percent and recover 20 percent edible food that would otherwise be landfilled. RAND researchers reviewed the literature and government documents, and interviewed stakeholders to assess the preparedness for the new mandate in Los Angeles County. They suggest ways in which the mandate could be turned into an opportunity for innovation and capacity-building.
Los Angeles County's Preparedness for California's Edible Food Recovery Mandate (SB 1383): An Examination of Food Recovery Logistics and Other Challenges 2022
California's 2016 food recovery mandate, Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383), could make an important contribution toward mitigating the climate crisis and food insecurity. In this report, the authors review food recovery in Los Angeles County and specific challenges relating to SB 1383 implementation, and they suggest ways in which the mandate could be turned into an opportunity for innovation and capacity-building.
Developing a Community-Led Certification Process for Facility Power Outage Resilience: Findings from a Massachusetts Pilot Study 2022
Previous research on power outage resilience has not focused on decision processes, program implementation, or project validation. To address this knowledge gap, the RAND research team articulated power outage resilience metrics, mechanisms for a power outage resilience certification program, and pathways to a resiliency program's operationalization and administration.
In the United States, older adults are at particular risk of having unmet transportation needs as individual mobility challenges mount and driving ability declines with age. This Perspective reviews and weighs solutions to the equity concerns surrounding older-adult transportation. A framework is presented for communities to explore and assess how well they are serving the transportation needs of older adults.
Conceptual Framework for Understanding Incident Management Systems During Public Health Emergencies 2022
We present a conceptual framework of incident management drawn from expert feedback, and a review of literature on incident management and related fields.
In this article, we aim to understand framings of Indigenous peoples in disaster management through a critical discourse analysis of how Indigenous peoples in disasters are represented in the expert news media.
Recent Trends Among the Unsheltered in Three Los Angeles Neighborhoods: An Interim Report on the Los Angeles Longitudinal Enumeration and Demographic Survey (LA LEADS) Project 2022
In this report, RAND researchers present interim results from a longitudinal study to count unsheltered individuals in Skid Row, Hollywood, and Venice — areas of Los Angeles with high concentrations of homelessness. The researchers also surveyed a subsample of these individuals to collect data on demographic characteristics, history of homelessness, past experiences with the housing system, and housing needs and preferences.