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Building Community Resilience Through Disaster Mobile Health

Dr. Maureen Lichtveld has a 30 year track record in environmental public health and is currently a Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Her research interests include environmentally-induced disease with special emphasis on health disparities, community-based participatory research, disaster preparedness, environmental health policy, and public health systems. Dr. Lichtveld has served as an expert consultant to the Institute of Medicine for many years on contemporary public health issues ranging from the adverse health consequences of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to public health systems and disaster preparedness. Dr. Lichtveld is the overall Principal Investigator for the GROWH Consortium.

This was a community-based participatory research project designed to address community resilience. This project sought to strengthen community resilience by creating a network to leverage prenatal and post-partum priority assets and links to resources throughout Southeastern Louisiana.

-Develop a community-driven disaster mobile health platform to improve community resilience targeting selected Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs.
-Train WIC-affiliated community health workers to serve as disaster interventionists.
-Determine the impact of a community asset-driven health system integrating community health workers as disaster interventionists.
-Examine the effect of the interactive capabilities of the disaster mobile health platform on just-in-case and just-in-time risk communication and community risk perception.

Pregnant women were recruited in their first trimester between the ages of 18 and 45 years, living in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Terrebonne or Lafourche parishes and enrolled in WIC services.