About Publications

Publications from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provide objective and straightforward advice to decision makers and the public. This site includes Health and Medicine Division (HMD) publications released after 1998. A complete list of HMD’s publications from its establishment in 1970 to the present is available as a PDF.


  • Examining Challenges and Possible Strategies to Strengthen ... Released: October 18, 2017
    As the United States continues to adapt to a more digital, mobile, and interconnected world, health care and public health professionals have sought to better prepare for and respond to long-standing and emerging threats to the nation’s health security. Health security is the collective effort to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the health consequences of natural, man-made, and technological disasters.
  • Preparing for the Future of Disaster Health Volunteerism ... Released: August 15, 2017
    The Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies of the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a 4-hour session at the 2017 Preparedness Summit. The participants discussed potential characteristics of society in the year 2042 and the key resources, tools, and opportunities necessary to support the development of a robust, scalable, and regularly engaged disaster health volunteer workforce prepared for such a future.
  • Countering Violent Extremism Through Public Health Practice ... Released: February 17, 2017
    Countering violent extremism (CVE) consists of various prevention and intervention approaches to increase the resilience of communities and individuals to radicalization toward violent extremism, to provide nonviolent avenues for expressing grievances, and to educate communities about the threat of recruitment and radicalization to violence.
  • Exploring Disaster Risk Reduction Through Community Level ... Released: August 10, 2016
    On April 21, 2016, the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop during the 2016 Preparedness Summit, a national conference on public health preparedness.
  • Rapid Medical Countermeasure Response to Infectious ... Released: October 12, 2015
    On March 26 and 27, 2015, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events; Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation; and Forum on Microbial Threats co-convened a workshop in Washington, DC, to discuss how to achieve rapid and nimble MCM capability for new and emerging threats.
  • International Infectious Disease Emergencies and Domestic ... Released: July 07, 2015
    The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events organized a session at the 2015 Preparedness Summit to discuss international public health emergencies, such as Ebola, and their corresponding impact on state and local public health and health care systems.
  • Regional Disaster Response Coordination to Support Health ... Released: April 15, 2015
    As many communities within a region will have similar vulnerabilities when considering disasters, a logical step in planning is to establish responsibilities and capacities, and be able to work toward common goals to address all-hazards when the entire region is affected. To explore these considerations, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events organized a series of three regional workshops in 2014.
  • Regional Disaster Response Coordination to Support Health ... Released: February 02, 2015
    When a disaster strikes, it rarely impacts just one jurisdiction. It is important for jurisdictions to consider how they will respond to a scenario in which the entire region is impacted. To explore these considerations, the Institute of Medicine's Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events organized three regional workshops in 2014 to explore opportunities to strengthen the regional coordination required to ensure effective medical and public health response to a large-scale multijurisdictional disaster.
  • Enabling Rapid and Sustainable Public Health Research ... Released: November 14, 2014
    The Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hosted a public workshop that examined strategies and diversified partnerships to enable methodologically and ethically sound public health and medical research during future emergencies. Discussions supporting this new infrastructure included considerations of rapid funding mechanisms, data collection methods, rapid institutional review board approval processes, and integration of research into an operational response.
  • Regional Disaster Response Coordination to Support Health ... Released: November 03, 2014
    When a disaster strikes, it rarely impacts just one jurisdiction. It is important for jurisdictions to consider how they will respond to a scenario in which the entire region is impacted. To explore these considerations, the Institute of Medicine's Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events organized a workshop in 2014 to examine how information and incident management can augment response efforts in a complex, regional emergency. This brief summary highlights the presentation and discussion of the workshop.