271649 Gulf Coast communities: Disparities, disasters, and risks

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH , Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, Prof. & Chair, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA
For communities living on the Gulf Coast, the health of the ecosystem is inextricably linked to their own health and wellbeing. Disparities in health care, housing, and learning directly affect our communities' ability to prepare, respond, and recover from disasters. Environmental and social stressors contribute to a complex set of cumulative risks at the individual and community levels. Factors influencing susceptibility and resilience are interdependent and require transdisciplinary, community-based interventions.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe key environmental and social stressors facing Gulf Coast communities. Analyze factors influencing susceptibility and resilience. Examine community participatory opportunities to build community resilience.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Principal Investigator or Co-PI of multiple research consortia funded by NIH. The consortia, Gulf Coast Transdisciplinary Research Center for Community Health and the Transdisciplinary Research Consortium for Gulf Resilience on Women’s Health (GROWH) are engaged in health disparities, disaster, and environmental health research. GROWH specifically examines the health security and resilience of vulnerable women potentially affected by the Deep Water Horizon oil spill and at risk of future disasters.
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.