142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Role of communities in post disaster research

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Daniel Nguyen , Viet Village Urban Farm Sustainable Aquaculture Park, Mary Queen of Viet Nam Community Development Corporation, Inc., New Orleans, LA
Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation (MQVN CDC) was established to address immediate relief and long-term community rebuilding post-Hurricane Katrina. MQVN CDC serves New Orleans East, a community comprised of Vietnamese Americans, African Americans, Latino Americans, and non-Hispanic Whites. One third of the migrant community is limited-English proficient with Vietnamese as native language and about 70% of adults are highschool- educated or less. Approximately 26% of the population lives below the poverty level and 40.6% are temporary housing renters.  MQVN’s hallmark,- Return, Rebuild, Reclaim-, is embodied by their nationally-recognized track record in community planning, infrastructure development which includes a federally qualified community health center, community assistance programs, and in promoting healthy food sources- from seafood to produce.

Since their existence, MQVN has played an integral in research, collaborating with academic partners to address wide-ranging disaster-related problems. We will discuss case examples of collaborative research with the Tulane University’s environmental health team regarding disaster-related consequences and impacts associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The presentation will examine the role of community- academic partnerships in addressing complex community health concerns and realizing post-disaster economic opportunities while protecting public- and ecosystem health. We will outline prerequisites of community- academic partnerships including consistent and transparent communication among non-profits, communities, and academics.  Lessons learned will be shared through the lens of environmental justice, a legacy of marginalization and cultural insularity. In the context of both natural and technological disasters the presentation will examine how environmental health problems and perceptions are shaped and reshaped.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Define characteristics of effective scientific project development in a minority community and disaster context Describe methods for engaging minority communities in the research process Describe the complexities that non-profits serving minority communities and academic researchers face Develop a collaborative problem-solving approach to building a lasting community-academic partnership

Keyword(s): Community-Based Research (CBPR), Disasters

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a community researcher working on several disaster-related research projects
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.