Public Health Emergency Researchers:
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Public Health Emergency Research

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National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI)

  • Launched in 2013, it is "the most comprehensive measure of the nation's health security preparedness to date".
  • Uses primarily existing (already collected), public-use, public health and health care system measures and compares these data against key national standards for preparedness.
  • Overview
  • Index evaluations by state
  • Recent publications
  • Additions to this bibliography will appear in future updates to REMM.

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HHS/ASPR Public Health Emergency Research Initiative

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  1. Single IRB Policy for Multi-site Research: NIH guidelines
    • Learn about policy expectations for the use of single IRBs for multi-site grant applications
  2. Coleman, C., Bader, J., Koerner, J., Hrdina, C., et al. Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) Science and the CBRNE Science Medical Operations Science Support Expert (CMOSSE). Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2019 Jun 17:1-16. [PubMed Citation]
  3. Lurie N, Manolio T, Patterson AP, Collins F, Frieden T. Research as a part of public health emergency response. N Engl J Med. 2013 Mar 28;368(13):1251-5. [PubMed Citation]
  4. Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) (NIH/NLM)


  1. WHO Guidance on Research Methods for Health and Disaster Risk Management (WHO 2018-2022 implementation)
  2. Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2020 (WHO, 2015)
  3. Ethics in Epidemics, Emergencies and Disasters: Research, Surveillance and Patient Care (WHO, 2015)
  4. UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (WHO/UNDRR)


  1. Building a National Capability to Monitor and Assess Medical Countermeasure Use during a Public Health Emergency, Going Beyond the Last Mile (Proceedings of a Workshop, National Academy of Science, 2017)
  2. Methodologies for Evaluating and Grading Evidence: Considerations for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief (NASEM, 2019)
  3. Murphy DJ, Rubinson L, Blum J, Isakov A, Bhagwanjee S, Cairns CB, Cobb JP, Sevransky JE; United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group - Program for Emergency Preparedness. Development of a Core Clinical Dataset to Characterize Serious Illness, Injuries, and Resource Requirements for Acute Medical Responses to Public Health Emergencies. Crit Care Med. 2015 Nov;43(11):2403-8. [PubMed Citation]
  4. Piltch-Loeb R, Kraemer JD, Nelson C, Stoto MA. A public health emergency preparedness critical incident registry. Biosecur Bioterror. 2014 May-Jun;12(3):132-43. [PubMed Citation]
  5. Savoia E, Preston J, Biddinger PD. A Consensus Process on the Use of Exercises and After Action Reports to Assess and Improve Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2013 Mar 28:1-3. [PubMed Citation]
  6. Engaging the Public in Critical Disaster Planning and Decision Making. (Institute of Medicine, August 23, 2013)
  7. Decker JA, Kiefer M, Reissman DB, Funk R, Halpin J, Bernard B, Ehrenberg RL, Schuler CR, Whelan E, Myers K, Howard J. A decision process for determining whether to conduct responder health research following large disasters. Am J Disaster Med. 2013 Winter;8(1):25-33. [PubMed Citation]
  8. Chan JL, Burkle FM Jr. A framework and methodology for navigating disaster and global health in crisis literature. PLoS Curr. 2013 Apr 4;5. [PubMed Citation]
  9. Roy N, Thakkar P, Shah H. Developing-world disaster research: present evidence and future priorities. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2011 Jun;5(2):112-6. [PubMed Citation]
  10. A National Agenda for Public Health Systems Research on Emergency Preparedness. RAND Corporation, Technical Report 660.
  11. Public Health Preparedness and Response to Chemical and Radiological Incidents, Functions, Practices and Areas for Future Work. RAND Corporation, Technical report 719.