3023.0 Preparation, Surviving, and Recovering from Natural Disasters

Monday, November 9, 2009: 8:30 AM
Natural disasters can lead to extended period of economic deprivation and community disruption. Individual and social costs are immense and long-lasting. Using data from studies based on populations affected by natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ike in Houston, the presenters will discuss the major factors that contribute to an effective recovery process. Also, included is a discussion of which individuals within a population are most vulnerable and ways to triage them. The session in addition covers factors like stable homes as means of determining successful recovery of the affected populations. By evaluating the impacts of these recent natural disasters, the studies recommend ways to improve preparedness efforts and recovery methods. Further, the role and function of health agencies is also discussed in emergency preparedness and recovery efforts.
Session Objectives: Discuss health effects on households following a major hurricane. Analyze community and household-level factors associated with a central measure of disaster recovery. Discuss possible state health planning and policy reforms stemming from research on the impacts of Hurricane Katrina. Describe the findings of significant research studies of the impact of Hurricane Katrina and formulate recommendations to enhance hurricane preparedness.
Sarah Wilkinson, MPH Candidate

8:30 AM
Housing as a recovery measure: A survival analysis of time to stable housing among a post-Katrina cohort
David M. Abramson, PhD MPH, Tasha Stehling-Ariza, MPH and Yoon Soo Park, MS
8:45 AM
Post-Katrina New Orleans: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Gustav City Assisted Evacuation Plan
Adriene J. Gill, RN, MN, Douglas W. Cross, DDS, Evangeline Franklin, MD, MPH and Mosanda Mvula, MD, MPH
9:00 AM
Is social capital a resiliency factor in disaster mitigation? Exploring relationships of social capital with injury and damage severity among hurricane Katrina Survivors in Mississippi
Olugbemiga Tanilepada Ekundayo, MD, MPH, DrPH, Safiya Omari, PhD, Gerri A. Cannon-Smith, MD, MPH, Hussain Al-Fadhli, PhD, Amel Mohamed, MPH(c), Margaret H. Hill, MPPA and Gladys R. Peters, MPH
9:15 AM
Continuing challenges from Hurricane Katrina on health planning and policy development efforts in the Mississippi Gulf Coast: Research and recommendations
Lovetta Ann Brown, MD, MPH, CP, Walter Jones, PhD, Gerri A. Cannon-Smith, MD, MPH, Vincent Mendy, MPH, Thia Walker, MPH and Santosh S. Ghumare, MSPH

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Organized by: Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Endorsed by: Black Caucus of Health Workers, Socialist Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)