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Health Risks of Flooding in the Gulf Coast Region

Jointly provided by the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, the Tulane University School of Public Health Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, and Tulane University Center for Continuing Education

Release Date: December 1, 2017

Healthcare providers generally do not receive subject-specific education on the health risks associated with flooding, and frequently have questions regarding the care of patients who have experienced floods. Healthcare providers must be able to assess the potential hazards facing their patient population and identify those individuals most susceptible to the health effects of flooding. They also must have knowledge of flood hazards and potential health effects to be able to recognize and manage flood-related illnesses.

Floods are the most common type of natural disaster and account for 40-50% of all disasters and disaster-related deaths. The purpose of this module is to provide an overview of flood-related hazards and describe populations most at risk of health consequences. In addition, the module will provide prevention, mitigation, and management strategies for specific flood-related health effects.


At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to …

Predicted changes in practice as a result of participating in this activity include the ability to …

This activity may address elements of competencies identified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC):

ABMS:  Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning & Improvement, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Professionalism, and Systems-based Practice

IOM:  Provide patient-centered care, Work in interdisciplinary teams, Employ evidence-based practice, Apply quality improvement, and Utilize informatics

IPEC:  Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice; Roles / Responsibilities; Interprofessional Communication, and Teams and Teamwork


Last Name    First Name    Role in Activity
Epperson Melinda Director, Tulane CCE
Kirkland Katherine Co-Activity Director
Kleinpeter Myra Chair, Tulane CCE Advisory Committee
Krane Kevin Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Tulane
Lefkowitz Rafael Program Development, Yale School of Medicine
Lichtveld Maureen Co-Activity Director (Tulane)
Lind Caroline Educ. Eval. & Research Specialist, Tulane CCE
Linde Brian Program Development, Yale School of Medicine  
Refvem Sarah Program Coord. Eval. & Research Tulane CCE
Pensa Mellisa Program Development, Yale School of Medicine
Schmidt Pamala Assistant Director, Tulane CCE
Sliwinski Roblynn Department Administrator, Tulane CCE


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The Gulf Region Health Outreach Program was developed jointly by BP and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee as part of the Deepwater Horizon Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement, which was approved by the U.S. District Court in New Orleans on January 11, 2013 and made effective on February 12, 2014.  The Outreach Program is supervised by the court and is funded with $105 million from the Medical Settlement.