Examining and Enhancing Public Health Workers' Sense of Efficacy toward Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Super-storm Sandy Recovery Effort

Examining and Enhancing Public Health Workers' Sense of Efficacy toward Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Photo courtesy of FEMA Rosanna Arias

In the summer of 2013, NCDMPH, in support of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Cecil Count Health Department (Elkton, MD), was awarded a competitive CDC grant to investigate long-term recovery after Hurricane Sandy. The effort is led by principal investigator Daniel Barnett, MD, MPH of the Bloomberg School of Public Health and supported by NCDMPH and the Cecil County Health Department.

NCDMPH has contributed expertise on survey and focus group guide development and helped to ensure survey alignment with overall research goals. National Center staff was also primarily responsible for the creation and evaluation of an evidenced-based educational intervention to increase self-efficacy and threat perceptions among local public health workers. The curriculum intervention titled "Public Health System Training in Disaster Recovery" is currently being administered in public health departments in Maryland and New Jersey in fall of 2014.