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Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H.
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Dr. Lurie is the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The mission of her office is to lead the nation in preventing, responding to and recovering from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters, ranging from hurricanes to bioterrorism.
Dr. Lurie was previously Senior Natural Scientist and the Paul O’ Neill Alcoa Professor of Health Policy at the RAND Corporation. There she directed RAND’s public health and preparedness work as well as RAND’s Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. She also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services; in state government, as Medical Advisor to the Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Health; and in academia, as Professor in the University of Minnesota Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Lurie has a long history in the health services research field, primarily in the areas of access to and quality of care, mental health, prevention, public health infrastructure and preparedness and health disparities.

Dr. Lurie attended college and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed her residency and MSPH at UCLA, where she was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. She is the recipient of numerous awards, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Finally, Dr. Lurie continues to practice clinical medicine in the health care safety net in Washington, DC. She has three sons.

Entries by Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H.

What We Learned From the Ebola Epidemic

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 10:56 AM

It was the largest Ebola epidemic in history. It took thousands of lives. It was a wakeup call, and today we are better prepared because of it.

In the year since Ebola spread through three West African countries and into the United States, we've taken a coordinated approach to...

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10 Years After Hurricane Katrina: Are You Better Prepared for Disaster?

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 10:55 AM

Few hurricane names conjure imagines of such severe devastation like the name Katrina. Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina, followed shortly by Hurricane Rita, devastated communities along the Gulf of Mexico, mostly famously New Orleans. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals estimated that more than 1,000 people in the state...

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Prolonged Power Outages Can Be Deadly for People Who Rely on Durable Medical Equipment

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 4:42 PM

Amidst the destruction after a tornado struck a town in Alabama, an ambulance raced to one of the houses left standing to take a woman to the hospital. She was not hurt, but the power was out and her portable oxygen concentrator had run out of battery. I witnessed that...

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Taking Action for Health Equity Through Preparedness and Response

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 10:58 AM

April is National Minority Health Month, and a time to remind ourselves that we still have a long way to go in addressing the health disparities that impact our nation.

As a practicing physician, I have devoted my professional career to promoting health equity. But I also...

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Health Reform in Your Emergency Kit

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 10:05 AM

As the record low temperatures hit the Midwest and Northeast earlier this month, kids and adults alike rejoiced as schools and commutes were cancelled so that people could stay inside where it was warm and safe.

Others may have had to make stark choices like to "heat or eat," choosing...

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