Evidence Synthesis in Preparedness

The EPREP Program has vast experience in developing literature reviews in emergency preparedness. Such reviews have been used by the World Health Organization (WHO) to support the creation of the Guidance on Communicating Risk in Public Health Emergencies  in 2018 and by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) in 2020 to facilitate discussion regarding the development of a research agenda in public health emergency preparedness and response…

COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance

The EPREP Program is collaborating with Harvard’s Kennedy School  of Government and the Center for University Excellence at American University to understand essential workers’ opinions surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine. A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be developed in record time and may be approved for production, distribution and acceptance some time in 2021. Governments, public health officials and advocacy groups must be prepared to address hesitancy and…

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Regional Disaster Health Response System (RDHRS)

The EPREP Program is collaborating with Regions 1, 7, and 8 in the Regional Disaster Health Response System (RDHRS) demonstration project. The RDHRS exists to develop innovative mechanisms that link experts in healthcare disaster response with other key healthcare, governmental, and community partners and stakeholders to improve coordination of planning and response activities and support optimal patient care during disasters. The EPREP work began by collaborating with Region 1 and has since…

Local Knowledge in Preparedness

The EPREP Program has gathered data from community leaders across the United States and Puerto Rico to develop methods to utilize their local knowledge to improve emergency preparedness capabilities. Local knowledge is a community’s system of concepts, values, attitudes and beliefs generated by community members over time. Local knowledge is rarely formally recorded or recognized by outsiders, and consequently may not be familiar to public health or emergency management planners. However, leveraging…

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The EPREP Program has conducted research to assess healthcare workers’ access to personal protective equipment (PPE), understanding of PPE use, strategies to cope with shortages, and risk perception of contracting COVID-19 in the work setting. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/authors?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0239024

Community Safety

Any act of violence is an assault on the health of the public regardless of the reasons and ways the violence is perpetrated. Violence is of public health concern, and disciplines such as social science, law, epidemiology, behavioral science and risk-communication, commonly used to tackle public health problems, can successfully contribute to addressing violence and improve community safety.