227854 After the Storm: Effects of Hurricane Ike on University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) & Galveston Island

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Yolanda Davila, PhD, RN , School of Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Elnora P. Mendias, PhD, RN , School of Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Steven R. Machlin, MS , Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD
Aims: This presentation will depict the impact of Hurricane Ike on UTMB and the island of Galveston and describe resultant challenges to public health and to meeting UTMB's service, education, and research missions. Methods: When Hurricane Ike struck on September 13, 2008, the UTMB campus and surrounding community of Galveston suffered major devastation to campus and community infrastructure, affecting physical, environmental, economic, social, communication, and health and social service subsystems and resulting in numerous challenges. The entire community was faced with meeting basic needs, and UTMB was further challenged in meeting its education, service, and research mission. Results: Many UTMB students, staff, faculty, and other employees were among community members who lost homes and belongings. Building and equipment damage or loss forced adjustments to providing health services, offering classes and clinical, and continuing research. These and other challenges required creative and innovative strategies, including the forming of new partnerships or collaborations, re-structuring and re-inventing classes and teaching methods, and adjusting research protocols. Past good relationships with community partners and other institutions provided a platform on which to build strategies for first survival, then recovery. Conclusions: Successful recovery after a large-scale disaster is a complex and lengthy process requiring commitment, stamina, flexibility, and adaptation. Participation in community recovery is an excellent way to develop additional opportunities for service, new clinical sites and methods for students, and alternative research protocols, sites, or populations.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the effects of Hurricane Ike upon University of Texas Medical Branch and Galveston island 2. Identify several resultant challenges to public health and to meeting UTMB’s education, service, and research missions.

Keywords: Disasters, Vulnerable Populations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: PhD prepared RN and UTMB faculty member with expertise in community health nursing.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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