253978 Role of School-based Health Centers in Addressing Behavioral Health in Post-Disaster New Orleans

Monday, October 31, 2011: 10:50 AM

Marsha Broussard, DrPH , Louisiana Public Health Institute, New Orleans, LA
Floodwaters damaged or destroyed all of the school-based health centers in the Greater New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. An infusion of philanthropic resources aided in the rapid rebuilding and restoration of vital school-based health care, particularly behavioral health services. The impact of school-based health care on access to quality care and in the reduction of high risk behaviors in a post-trauma environment is described.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the impact of school-based health centers in a post-disaster setting. Identify the value of school-based health centers in disaster preparedness.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: For the past five years I have been facilitating the development and support for school based health centers (SBHCs) in the New Orleans Metro area. My work also promotes the expansion of SBHCs and promotes the development of quality SBHC services.
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.