A National Academies committee will consider the oversight and regulatory processes needed to ensure the public and such workers have access to effective respiratory protective devices and guidance on their use to mitigate exposures to inhalation hazards—including those arising during disasters and public health emergencies.
Deaths of despair, morbidity, and emotional distress continue to rise in the United States, largely borne by those without a college degree—the majority of American adults—for many of whom the economy and society are no longer delivering.
Demographic ageing is a population health success story but poses unprecedented policy challenges in the 21st century. Policymakers must prepare health systems, economies and societies for these challenges. Policy choices can be usefully informed by models that evaluate outcomes and trade-offs in advance under different scenarios.