Community Engagement in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery: A Tale of Two Cities - Los Angeles and New Orleans
Published Date:Jul 03 2013
Source:Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2013; 36(3):451-466.
Community-Based Participatory Research
Health Services Accessibility
Health Services Needs And Demand
Health Status Disparities
Pubmed Central ID:PMC3780560
Funding:2U90TP917012-11/TP/OPHPR CDC HHS/United States
P30 MH082760/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/United States
P30MH082760/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/United States
R01MH078853/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/United States
Description:Awareness of the impact of disasters globally on mental health is increasing. Known difficulties in preparing communities for disasters and a lack of focus on relationship building and organizational capacity in preparedness and response have led to a greater policy focus on community resiliency as a key public health approach to disaster response. In this article, the authors describe how an approach to community engagement for improving mental health services, disaster recovery, and preparedness from a community resiliency perspective emerged from their work in applying a partnered, participatory research framework, iteratively, in Los Angeles County and the City of New Orleans.
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