Community Engagement

The Natural Hazards Center is happy to announce six projects that will be funded as part of our recent Continuation Award: Extending Public Health Disaster Research and Community Engagement in the U.S. Territories. Supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Science Foundation, this funding opportunity was available to awardees from Call 1 and Call 2 of the Public Health Disaster Research Award Program. Project abstracts are available on the program’s recently funded awards page.

Final reports from the Calls 1 and 2 documented the wide-ranging social and public health impacts of disasters in the U.S. territories. Yet, they also revealed that more time and support was needed for stronger community engagement and robust research efforts in these communities. Center staff worked in partnership with the CDC to develop this novel Continuation Award so that previous awardees could extend their data collection and analysis activities or engage with community partners in developing evidence-based interventions.

The Continuation Award is part of the Public Health Disaster Research Award Program which supports teams of interdisciplinary scholars studying public health solutions to hazards and disasters in vulnerable communities across the United States.  A full list of the Continuation Award recipients and their project titles follows. 

Evacuation and Recovery: Implication of Compound Hazards on the U.S. Territories
Jennifer Collins, University of South Florida
Leslie Maas Cortes, Puerto Rico Science, Technology, & Research Trust
Elizabeth Dunn, University of South Florida
Rashida Jones, University of South Florida

Support for Frontline Government Workers: Coping with Burnout
Kula Francis, University of the Virgin Islands
Kenny Hendrickson, University of the Virgin Islands
Anna Clarke, University of the Virgin Islands

Strengthening Community Disaster Resilience Through Sustainable Community First Aid Training
Todd Miner, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Tayna Belyeu-Camacho, Northern Marianas College
Geraldine Rodgers, Rodgers Educational Consulting
Joan Flores, Northern Marianas College
Patrick George, CNMI Fire & Emergency Services
Steve Aguon, CNMI Homeland Security & Emergency

Quantifying Health Impacts from Compounding Food, Energy, Water Insecurities in Disaster Contexts
Anaís Roque, Ohio State University
Enid Quintana, School of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico
Sameer Shah, University of Washington
Fernando Tormos-Aponte, University of Pittsburgh
Mary Painter, University of Colorado Boulder
Fernando Cuevas-Quintana, Universidad Interamericana, Recinto Metropolitano

Potential of Merging Geospatial and Community Data to Aid School Emergency Planning
Eileen Segarra-Alméstica, Unviersity of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
Yolanda Cordero-Nieves, Unviersity of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Improving Disaster Information and Communication Technology Through Co-Design and Tabletop Exercises
Jonathan Sury, Columbia University
Robert Soden, University of Toronto
Yiyuan Jasmine Qin, re+collective, Inc.
Wei-Ching Azury Lin, re+collective, Inc.


The Public Health Disaster Research Award Program is based on work supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through supplemental funding to the National Science Foundation (NSF Award #1635593). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CDC, NSF, or Natural Hazards Center.