Evidence-Based Practices for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response: Assessment of and Recommendations for the Field

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Health Security, Public Health
Board: Board on Health Sciences Policy

Activity Description

Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, millions of dollars in federal funds have been invested in research aimed at understanding and improving public health preparedness and response systems, infrastructures, processes, and practices. Despite the investments in research and the growing body of empirical literature on a range of preparedness and response capabilities and functions, there has been no national-level, comprehensive, systematic review and grading of public health emergency preparedness and response evidence for practice comparable to those utilized in preventive medicine and other public health fields. This lack of systematic identification, assessment, and categorization of evidence presents a significant impediment to state and local implementation of best practices.

In order to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's and the nation's longstanding need, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is convening an ad hoc committee to conduct a comprehensive review and grading of evidence for public health emergency preparedness and response practices, based on literature generated since September 11, 2001.

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As of March 2016, the Health and Medicine Division continues the consensus studies and convening activities previously undertaken by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). 

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