The Natural Hazards Center is happy to announce that eight new projects have been funded as part of our recent  Special Call for Research in U.S. Territories, Tribal Areas, and Rural Communities. Based in regions at high risk for adverse disaster impacts, these studies will develop evidence-based practices needed to improve community preparedness, resilience, and the public health response to disasters.

This is the third special call in our Public Health Disaster Research Award Program which supports teams of interdisciplinary scholars studying public health solutions to hazards in vulnerable communities across the United States. The award program was made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Science Foundation.

A full list of project titles and awardees follows. Project abstracts are available on the program’s recently funded awards page.


Validating the Disaster Food Security Scale for Rural Populations
Lauren Clay, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Nadia Koyratty, International Food Policy Research Institute
Anna Josephson, University of Arizona
Carmen Byker Shanks, Montana State University


Assessing Social Vulnerability to Landslide Hazards in Rural Puerto Rico
Jocelyn West, University of Colorado Boulder
Luis Alexis Rodríguez-Cruz, USDA Caribbean Climate Hub
K. Stephen Hughes, University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez


Energy Service Security for Public Health Resilience in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula
Shardul Tiwari, Michigan Technological University
Chelsea Schelly, Michigan Technological University


Spanish-Language Risk and Health Communication Operations During Hurricanes Fiona and Ian
Federico Subervi Vélez, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Sandra Fábregas, Centro Latino de Bioética y Humanidades
Mirelsa Modestti, Centro Latino de Bioética y Humanidades
Gary Kreps, George Mason University
Patricia García, George Mason University


Public Health Preparedness for Harmful Algal Blooms in Rural and Tribal Communities
Amber Roegner, University of Oregon
Mike Mader, Tenmile Lakes Basin Partnership
Todd Rex Miller, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Anjana Adhikari, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


A Multimethod Computer Simulation to Support Rural Disaster Preparedness
Kristina Kintziger, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Thomas Berg, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Tracey Stansberry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Scott Lawson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Health Implications of Climate-Influenced Hazards in Virginia's Tribal Areas
Nicole Hutton, Old Dominion University
Jessica Whitehead, Old Dominion University
Wie Yusuf, Old Dominion University
Tanya Denckla Cobb, University of Virginia
Elizabeth Andrews, College of William & Mary Law School


Analyzing Health Impacts of Natural Disasters in Puerto Rico for Promoting Resilience
Pallab Mozumder, Florida International University
Nafisa Halim, Boston University
Sisi Meng, University of Notre Dame
Linnette Rodriguez, University of Puerto Rico


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.