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Preparedness, Response, And Recovery Networks


Examining the Disaster Recovery Relationship between Public Health Departments and the Nongovernmental Sector

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2013-2014
 
Funded By
The HHS, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
 
Research/Evaluation Area
Preparedness & Response Networks
 
 
Products
PRACTIS (Partnerships for Recovery Across The Sectors), which is also published as a RAND e-book. ​http://www.rand.org/pubs/tools/TL188.html
Community Districts in Sampling Zone: CDs in sampling zones.pdfCDs in sampling zones.pdf
 
Project Partners
RAND (Joie Acosta), NYDOMH, UCLA
 
Project Description
Hurricane Sandy highlighted the invaluable role of community-based organizations (CBO) in disaster resilience and recovery, yet evidence-based assessment of collaboration models that help local public health departments improve their partnerships with these entities to support more effective recovery are lacking. RAND, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Colorado, Denver have partnered with the New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to conduct a study of disaster recovery partnerships. The study goal is to protect Americans’ health and safety during emergencies by fostering the inter-organizational networks that contribute to the public health system’s resilience in response to emergencies.

Evaluating the Impact of Organizational Partnerships on Community Resilience

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2013-2015
 
 Funded By
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 
 
Research/Evaluation Area
Preparedness & Response Networks
 
Project Partners
RAND (Malcolm Williams)
 
Project Description
Robert-Wood-Johnson-FoundationThe objective of this project is to provide a detailed analysis and measurement of the outcomes of community partnership requirements. New requirements for improving community disaster resilience in CDC- and ASPR-funded public health emergency preparedness programs provide a natural setting in which to test whether partnerships and coalitions increase public health system capacity and potentially improve program outcomes. This project will take advantage of a natural experiment in Los Angeles County, which has decided to pursue the CDC and ASPR preparedness policy mandate with a new focus on community resilience through community partnerships. The coalition brings together the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and multiple community partners in eight communities in the county.  A formal collaborative structure has been established (within the Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience or LACCDR project) and has developed principles of collaboration and a set of interventions (resilience tool kit).  The goal of this project is to measure the impact on a community’s resiliency, measured as networks, before and after participation in the preparedness work. 
 

Developing Measures to Assess the Quality and Nature of Health Care Coalition Relationships: The Healthcare Coalition PARTNER Tool

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2011-2013
 
Funded By
The Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (HHS, ASPR)
 
Research/Evaluation Area
Preparedness & Response Networks
 
 
Project Partners
RAND (Anita Chandra)
 
Project Description
The National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) is intended to galvanize efforts to ensure that the nation is prepared for, protected from, and resilient in the face of health incidents with potentially negative health consequences.  This project seeks to develop and validate measures to assess the nature and quality of relationships among organizational members of healthcare coalitions participating in the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). To foster and maintain effective healthcare coalitions that can bolster national health security, measures and tools are needed to determine if the coalition is working effectively. In this project, the PARTNER tool was modified to measure HPP coalitions. The results are summarized in this final report (LINK).  This report should be of interest to a range of national health security stakeholders, including federal, state, and local governments; healthcare providers; businesses, academia, and nonprofits; and communities, and individuals. This work was sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) under Contract HHSP233200800565G. The research was conducted in RAND Health, a division of the RAND Corporation. A profile of RAND Health, abstracts of its publications, and ordering information can be found at www.rand.org/health.​
 

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