242403 Sayre Fire: Collaborating for Long Term Disaster Recovery Case Management

Monday, October 31, 2011: 9:10 AM

Michael C. Stajura, MPH, MPP , Department of Community Health Sciences, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
The Sayre Fire of 2008 was the most destructive fire in Los Angeles' history in terms of homes destroyed, producing hundreds of individual or household client cases. It dislocated an entire community composed primarily of elderly residents living on fixed incomes and with chronic health concerns. A group of non-profit, faith-based, and community organizations assembled to assist this population with long term recovery through individual/household case management. This ethnography provides insight into the dynamics of collaborative long term recovery that required agencies to work together for the first time in a complex and non-routine situation. It explores the group dynamics of assisting a vulnerable population, the lessons learned, and the dynamics with organizations that represented the affected community. It provides a detailed description of the process, the tools used, and the overall effectiveness of administering long term disaster recovery case management by committee. It describes pitfalls to be avoided and suggests some best practices for future long term recovery committees. This ethnography is less about the affected population and more about the experience of the agencies assembled to assist them.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Define the long term disaster recovery process from the perspective of different case management and community organizations which must collaborate to ensure effective service delivery. 2. Assess the effectiveness of the long term recovery committee model and the effectiveness of tools used to facilitate collaboration. 3. Discuss the lessons learned in long term disaster recovery following the 2008 Sayre Fire in Los Angeles, CA. 4. Identify facilitators and barriers to long term disaster recovery with regard to agency communication, coordination, and cooperation.

Keywords: Disasters, Recovery

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because this is research conducted towards the completion of my Ph.D. and I am developing expertise expert in the field of long term disaster recovery.
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.