5039.0 Resilience, Adaptation and Transformation in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 8:30 AM
The Tulane Xavier National Center of Excellence in Women's Health in New Orleans, Louisiana, was actively engaged in providing clinical services, women's health research, leadership, education and community outreach to a large metropolitan area prior to the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. After the levees broke in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the facility took on four feet of water. Staff and faculty were displaced across the country. This session will describe how, through resilience and adaptation, organizations can undergo successful strategic transformation. The presentations will describe the strategies that agencies affected by Hurricane Katrina have undergone to adapt their mission and develop plans for sustainability. We will discuss the process of adaptation to changing post-Katrina community needs in a New Orleans church. This session makes clear that in the case of major events, resilience requires not resuming one's original shape or position, but rather transforming oneself to adapt to changes in the landscape and environment in which one used to function. This concept of resilience and adaptation applies to individuals and organizations.
Session Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be better able to: Describe characteristics of resilience and adaptation, as applied to an organization Identify strategies for communicating organization change Identify components that should be added to public health preparedness plans

8:30 AM
Resilience, adaptation, and transformation: Rising from the flood as a "new" organization
Gail Rome, Stacey C. Cunningham, MS and Jeanette H. Magnus, MD, PhD
9:00 AM
Stress and depression awareness in the post Katrina Louisiana (STAND) project: Anticipating the unexpected in a project with flexibility and a living logic model
Ghairunisa Galeta, MPH, Stacey C. Cunningham, MS, Paula Zeanah, PhD, Jean Valliere, MSW, LCSW, BACS and Jeanette Magnus, MD, PhD
9:15 AM
Regroup and re-emerge: A New Orleans church responds to its community's changing needs
Diana Meyers, RN, Stacey C. Cunningham, MS, Melissa C. Lovell, MPH and Jeanette Magnus, MD, PhD
9:30 AM
Organizational resilience and adaptation: A post-Katrina case study
Shokufeh M. Ramirez, MPH, Stacey C. Cunningham, MS and Jeanette H. Magnus, MD, PhD

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Endorsed by: Ethics SPIG, Women's Caucus

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing