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Public Health & Healthcare

Trusted expertise. Life-changing, evidence-based solutions. Decades of real-world experience. ORAU’s public health and emergency preparedness experts offer all of that and more in helping provide solutions to some of the most important public health issues of the day.

ORAU’s seasoned professionals and award-winning solutions have helped secure national and global health since 1946 by getting the right public health message to the right audience.

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Impact Areas

What we do

Our key customers include a variety of leading public health organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Appalachian Regional Commission. Whether delivering HPV messaging to physicians and parents across the U.S., preventing transmission of Ebola in Africa, or addressing the opioid crisis in Appalachia, we help our customers navigate complex health issues and motivate behavior change.

As important as message delivery and education is our role in emergency preparedness.

For federal agency customers, such as the CDC, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to local community health departments, ORAU provides evidence-based solutions tailored to help them prepare for, respond to, and recover from all types of public health and healthcare emergencies.

ORAU possesses more than three decades of real-world operational experience supporting national and global preparedness programs and responses, such as:

  • Ebola response in the U.S. and West Africa
  • Natural disasters
  • Pandemic flu
  • Terrorism
  • Zika outbreak

Our experts make sure public health, healthcare, emergency medical services, and emergency management work together to provide the right care at the right time. This integration helps agencies reduce duplication and meet increased demands when an emergency occurs.

Achieving health equity one step at a time

ORAU’s health communications team has worked in the health equity space with various government agency customers for many years. Some of the team’s most recent health equity work has focused on people experiencing homelessness, mental health concerns, and substance use disorder.

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Contact us

For information about ORAU’s public health and healthcare solutions, contact Freddy Gray at (865) 576-0029 or