This webinar meets the NLM/NIH strategic plan goal of accelerating discovery and advancing health through data driven research in order to increase health information access and use. This webinar fits within the mission of NNLM to improve the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. This class is for educational and informational purposes in alignment with NNLM goals and does not offer medical advice.
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Disasters disproportionately impact vulnerable populations, and vulnerable communities are likelier to experience secondary disasters such as economic downturns and excess mortality. The purpose of this study was to determine if the area impacted by Hurricane Michael (2018) experienced excess mortality and what were the root causes of those changes in health.
Learn what data are commonly used to analyze the impact of hurricanes on public health.
Explain how vulnerable populations are disproportionately impacted by hurricanes.
Identify possible root causes for changes in community health after areas are impacted by hurricanes.
About the Speaker
Blake Scott, PhD, MPH is a researcher at the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida, where she recently completed her doctorate in public health. Her research has focused on disaster resilience and the long-term public health impacts of hurricanes. Prior to her studies at USF, she worked for the Florida Department of Health as an arbovirus and acute infectious disease surveillance epidemiologist and was part of the public health response to Hurricanes Matthew, Irma, and Michael.