Emergency Preparedness and Response

Resources and perspectives for communities working to increase preparedness for health emergencies.

View all items in this collection

Events like natural disasters and infectious disease outbreaks can pose a major threat to our health and well-being. Across the nation, RWJF is working to help communities become more prepared for health emergencies, and to strengthen community resilience and capacity for emergency response and recovery efforts.

Featured Initiative

National Health Security Preparedness Index

The Index is an annual assessment of the nation’s preparedness for managing health emergencies. Through the aggregation and measurement of key preparedness data in all 50 states, it provides the most comprehensive picture available of health security and preparedness in the United States.

Read more

Media Contacts

Jordan Reese

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (609) 627-6322

Related Content

Measuring Community Stress

September 19, 2018 | Report

Building on research around chronic stress and allostatic load at a personal level, this study explores whether high degrees of stress across a community could affect a community's ability to respond to future traumatic events.

Report: Nation Better Prepared to Manage Health Emergencies Than Five Years Ago

April 17, 2018 | News Release

RWJF released results of the 2018 National Health Security Preparedness Index, which found that Deep South, Southwest, and Mountain West regions still lag behind in overall health security and emergency preparedness.

Help Communities Prepare for, Withstand, and Recover From Disaster

March 7, 2018 | Blog Post

RWJF wants to learn how communities change norms, tackle inequities, and become more resilient. Community-partnered research is needed to understand how change happens so communities can turn the science of resilience into widely adopted practice.

Statement from Richard Besser on Response to Tropical Storm Harvey

August 30, 2017 | News Release

RWJF has been following the devastating effects of Tropical Storm Harvey. On behalf of the Foundation, Richard Besser expresses concern for those who have felt this devastating tragedy personally.

Health and Climate Change

August 18, 2017 | Report

A landscape assessment of funding and research at the nexus of climate change and health, based on interviews with leading experts in government, academia, and the nonprofit and private sectors.