A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends steps U.S. communities can take to better measure their progress in building resilience to disasters. In particular the report also recommends that the National Academies’ Gulf Research Program develop a major, coordinated initiative around building or enhancing community resilience across the Gulf of Mexico region.
Dr. Maureen Lichtveld, chair of the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences (GEHS) at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, was a member of the National Academies’ committee on measuring community resilience. The disaster management program, which resides in GEHS, was specifically called out in the report as offering best practices and serving as an asset to the local community.
Dr. Stephen Murphy, assistant professor in GEHS, highlights the department’s role in local disaster management and resilience. “Since Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Lichtveld and I have worked hard to establish a robust and consistent relationship with the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, the New Orleans Health Department, and other local preparedness agencies. Having served in a leadership role in the city in the years between my MPH and PhD studies, I mentored numerous MPH students from our disaster management program during practicum placements, as Dr. Lichtveld and I established a pipeline of training for our students and expertise for the city – a true win:win situation and an excellent example of giving back to the community in which we are located.”Tags: Friday Letter Submission