The increasing frequency and intensity of weather-related and other disaster events combined with the growing representation of older adults in the overall population have created a new environment in which public health and prevention planning and programs will need to actively promote the resilience of older adults. Resilience-building efforts of public health departments to support a range of emergency response issues are not always tailored for older adults and thus may not make accommodations for their needs.
This report uses interview data collected from public health departments and aging-in-place efforts — specifically, from coordinators of age-friendly communities and village executive directors — to explore how current aging-in-place efforts can be harnessed to strengthen the disaster resilience of older adults and which existing programs or new collaborations among public health departments and these organizations show promise for improving disaster resilience for older populations.
Heat waves—prolonged periods of abnormally hot weather—can be deadly events, especially for vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, the chronically ill, and infants. Historically, heat waves have been responsible for large numbers of deaths; the most notorious recent events are the European 2003 and Russian 2010 heat waves, in which tens of thousands died. And, as a result of climate change, these events are projected to become more frequent, more intense, and lengthier, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
It is designed to help organizations run programs well and get desired outcomes, just as the guide’s name suggests. GTO is a ten-step process that guides the user through the key tasks needed to make a program a success. The GTO process is supported by training, technical assistance, and guides in several content areas, which offer tools and instructions to help users complete the ten GTO steps.
This report describes decision-support tools, including models and nonmodeling approaches, that are relevant to infectious disease prevention, detection, and response and aligns these tools with real-world policy questions that the tools can help address.
The RAND Corporation has partnered with the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development to explore the role of Chinese and U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) — specifically, voluntary associations, philanthropic organizations, advocacy groups, community groups, and businesses — in disaster response and recovery.