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Web Briefing for Media: The Response to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

President Obama announced an increased effort by the United States to respond to the spread of Ebola in West Africa as the scale of the outbreak continues to grow. What has the global response been so far? How has the United States contributed? What will the response be going forward, in the coming weeks and months? What key lessons can be learned from this outbreak, and what can be learned by comparing the outbreak to other large-scale disasters?

The U.S. Government and Global Health Security

This brief examines the U.S. government’s efforts in global health security – that is, efforts to help countries prepare for and address pandemic and epidemic diseases such Ebola, Zika, and pandemic influenza. The brief provides history and background, reviews the U.S. agencies carrying out these efforts, reviews funding, and highlights key policy issues going forward.

Reading the Tea Leaves on U.S. Global Health Policy

In this Policy Insight, Jen Kates and Josh Michaud look at the prospects for the future of U.S. global health policy, examining whether long-term bipartisan support may be tested during a time of political transition, and identifying key areas of consensus among policymakers and the public.

Kaiser Health Policy News Index: Special Focus On Ebola

With the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and individual cases in the U.S. and Europe making international headlines, the latest Kaiser Health Policy News Index examines Americans’ attention to the Ebola crisis, awareness of key facts about the disease, and views of the U.S. role in addressing Ebola in Africa and at home.

Data Note: Update On Public Confidence In U.S. Health Institutions To Deal With Ebola

The October Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that majorities of the public said that if a case of Ebola were diagnosed in their area, they would have a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of confidence in state, local, and federal health authorities to contain the disease and prevent it from spreading. Given the evolving news story, we re-surveyed the public from October 17-19 to determine whether confidence in health authorities to prevent the spread of Ebola has changed in light of more recent developments.

Measuring the Impact of Ebola: Will it Reach 1.4 Million?

In the latest post in the Policy Insights series, Jen Kates and Josh Michaud take a look at several key measures of the Ebola epidemic’s impact and assess future projections of Ebola’s burden in the months to come. Previous columns in the Policy Insights series are also available kff.org.

Kaiser Health Policy News Index: November 2014

The Kaiser Health Policy News Index is designed to help journalists and policymakers understand which health policy-related news stories Americans are paying attention to, and what the public understands about health policy issues covered in the news. According to this month’s index, the public remains captivated by news coverage of the Ebola virus. Fewer, but still substantial shares, report following the conflicts in Iraq and Syria and the results of the midterm elections.