Emergency Preparedness and Response

A collection of key perspectives, research, and lessons learned in becoming more prepared for the next health emergency.

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

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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.

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