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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
 
Session: Epidemiology of disasters and their consequences: History, methods, and research directions
1008.0: Saturday, December 10, 2005: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
CE Hours: 6 contact hours
Epidemiology of disasters and their consequences: History, methods, and research directions
Partnership:Disaster Research Education and Mentoring Center
Statement of Purpose and Institute Overview:
The purpose of this institute is to introduce participants to the principles and methods relevant to the epidemiologic study of disasters. Disasters (e.g., floods, transportation accidents) are traumatic events that are experienced by many people and may result in a wide range of mental and physical health consequences. In one survey of US residents, 13% of the sample reported a lifetime exposure to natural or human-generated disaster. It is only relatively recently that epidemiologic studies have been designed to explicitly study and document the physical and mental health consequences of disasters. Documenting the consequences of disasters is an essential step in planning for and providing services after such events. This workshop will introduce public health practitioners to the history of disaster-related research and, drawing on different disciplines, present key frameworks that are germane to the study of the consequences of disasters. We will focus on the methodological and conceptual challenges facing the study of health after disasters, arising both from the limitations of the research to date and from the complexities inherent in assessing exposures and outcomes in the post-disaster context. Examples for the facultiesí research will be provided.
Panelist(s):Dean Kilpatrick, PhD
David Vlahov, PhD
9:00 AM - 9:15 AMIntroductory Remarks - Galea & Vlahov
9:15 AM - 10:45 AMHistory and conceptual frameworks in disasters and post-disaster research - Kilpatrick
10:45 AM - 11:00 AMBreak
11:00 AM - 12:30 PMThe epidemiology of disasters and their consequences - Galea & Vlahov
12:30 PM - 1:30 PMBreak
1:30 PM - 3:00 PMStudy design and analysis particular to the post-disaster context - Kilpatrick
3:00 PM - 3:20 PMBreak
3:20 PM - 4:50 PMConsequences of disasters: What we don't know - Galea & Vlahov
4:50 PM - 5:10 PMEpidemiology of disasters and their consequences: History, methods, and research directions
5:10 PM - 5:20 PMEvaluation - Vlahov
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Organized by:APHA-Continuing Education Institutes
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA