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Effect of Variations in State Emergency Preparedness Laws on the Public Health Workforce’s Willingness to Respond in Emergencies

This project assesses whether state laws influence the public health workforce’s willingness to respond (WTR) in emergencies. The project’s aims are: 1) Identify and classify variations in emergency response laws in the 50 U.S. states; 2) Assess the association between specific state emergency preparedness laws and WTR during emergencies among the public health workforce (including health department staff and emergency medical services (EMS) workers); and 3) Assess whether public health workers believe that particular future legal protections would enhance their WTR during emergencies. Support for this research is provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


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