• White Paper

RTI Supports Health Security and Public Health Systems Research


Flome, J., Fichtner, R., Bryan, M., Kelley, P., & Eyerman, J. (2003). RTI Supports Health Security and Public Health Systems Research.


The threats of biological and chemical terrorism and the reemergence of infectious disease as demonstrated by the SARS outbreak in 2003 pose new, alarming, and potentially devastating challenges to the nation’s public health, to medical care systems, and to society at large. Public health preparedness has become a high priority of domestic planning in the United States in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks and the anthrax exposures that same fall. Since that time, public health professionals have been increasingly sensitive to public health systems research, defined as: --Assessing the degree of preparation of public health systems and their infrastructures for potential threats to population health --Modeling critical interrelationships between the public health infrastructure and health care workers, emergency responders, law enforcement, and other jurisdictional entities --Identifying exemplary practices for public health practice, including communication systems and the use and acquisition of data --Evaluating skills and competence among the public health workforce --Understanding and describing the relationships between public health systems’ performance and community health outcomes.