IamA RAND global health / health security researcher and 20-year vet of the CDC. AMA about Ebola, flu, etc. !
UPDATE: Thanks to you all for all the great questions. I have to go now, but I hope we can do it again sometime.
We all obviously care about this issue and want to both understand it and help in any way. If you are member of the public: be aware, engaged and responsible. If you are a healthcare professional, hopefully you will soon have the information, equipment, protocols and practice you need to care for an Ebola patient, if you face this situation.
I'm Melinda Moore, a public health physician and senior researcher at the RAND Corporation*. I have spent most of the last 35 years addressing global public health issues, including 20 years at the CDC and five years working for the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Some of my recent RAND work deals with global health and health security, both of which are relevant to Ebola.
- The global dimensions of public health preparedness. The current Ebola outbreak has underscored once again how connected we all are and why Americans should remain aware and vigilant of health problems around the world.
- Preparedness exercises. Just like in sports and music, practicing helps us hone our skills in public health preparedness and response. We worked with partners in Asia and the Middle East to carry out pandemic influenza exercises before the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.
- Biosurveillance. Surveillance is a cornerstone to disease prevention and control.
- We have developed strategies and a tool for policymakers to improve biosurveillance, using influenza as an example.
- We have examined the sustainability and future opportunities for regional infectious disease surveillance networks.
- We have also developed a framework to help measure our efforts to help partner countries improve their biosafety/biosecurity and biosurveillance.
- Recently, I wrote a blog post about what the public (you!) can do about the Ebola outbreak.
- Feel free to peruse my full list of RAND publications.
- Proof it's me: https://twitter.com/RANDCorporation/status/521752498844233728
I'll be here until about 1PM ET. We can talk about anything from Ebola to basic disease detective work. I look forward to answering your questions.
*The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.