Examining Long-Term Community Recovery to Identify Opportunities for Improved Education and Training

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Examining Long-Term Community Recovery to Identify Opportunities for Improved Education and Training

This study explores the role of the disaster health workforce in the weeks and months following Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. A mixed-methods study design examines the lived experience of community leaders in clinical health, public health, emergency management and public safety as they moved through the disaster cycle from response through recovery.

NCDMPH researchers conducted key informant interviews in five different communities affected by either Hurricane Sandy or Hurricane Irene. Interviews focused on how well individuals' education and training prepared them for their professional role in the long-term community recovery experience, any successes or challenges they encountered, and perceived training gaps for self, organization and community.

The research study was initially focused on the experience of Hurricane Irene survivors, but was modified to include survivors of Superstorm Sandy when Sandy affected many of the communities in the source population of the study. Researchers completed interviews of Irene-affected communities in early 2013 and of Sandy-affected communities in early 2014. All interviews were conducted in the long-term phase of disaster recovery, on average 14.4 months into the process. The research team has submitted one scholarly article on the research, and more are forthcoming.

-- Recently featured at:

APHA 2014 Annual Meeting 
The Role of Local Public Health in Disaster Recovery: Successes and Challenges after Hurricanes Irene and Sandy; by Lauren Walsh, MPH and Hillary Craddock, MPH 
November 15-19, 2014 
New Orleans, LA

Institute of Medicine's Committee on Post-Disaster Recovery of a Community's Public Health, Medical, and Social Services 
April 29, 2014

APHA 2013 Annual Meeting: Think Global Act Local 
November 2-6, 2013 
"Examining Long-Term Recovery to Identify Opportunities for Improved Education and Training: Sandy and Irene " PDF  
Lauren Walsh, MPH; Laurie Chow, MPH, MA