San Lorenzo Med Facility
Staff work with patients in a temporary clinic in San Lorenzo after Hurricane Maria destroyed the main facility. ©Preston Keres/U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2018.

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added 11 new reports to our ongoing Public Health Disaster Research Award Series. The new reports detail research produced in response to our second call for proposals in the series. The call focused on strengthening resilience in U.S. Territories.

Managing disaster preparedness and response in U.S. territories involves navigating a complicated array of cascading disasters, limited access to resources, a history of colonialism, and a global pandemic. To better understand the social and public health impacts of disasters throughout these regions, the Natural Hazards Center—in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Science Foundation—issued 11 awards to study the public health issues faced by American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The initial findings from these studies are now available. The reports are focused around themes of community-based resilience; infrastructure, health, and livelihoods; and tools to strengthen resilience.

Find the entire series here or browse individual reports below. You can also view a recorded webinar of report authors discussing their results.

Social Capital, Community Health Resilience, and Compounding Hazards in Corcovada, Puerto Rico
Anaís Roque, Sameer H. Shah, Fernando Tormos-Aponte, and Enid Quintana Torres

The Public Health Implications of Abandoned Spaces in Post-Maria Puerto Rico
Michelle Alvarado, David Carrasquillo, Luis Gallardo, and Alison Chopel

Planning for Post-Disaster Needs of Women With Breast Cancer in Puerto Rico
Kevin Fagundo-Ojeda, Ivis García, and Mabel Lassalle

The Public Health Implications of Social Vulnerability in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Greg Guannel, Hilary Lohmann, and Joe Dwyer

Multi-Hazard Planning for Access and Functional Needs in the U.S. Territories and Hawaii
Lilian Bui, Jiwnath Ghimire, Eric Yamashita, and Karl Kim

Impact of Infrastructure Disruptions on Puerto Rican Household Capabilities, Health, and Well-Being
Susan Spierre Clark, Sara Peterson, Ralph Rivera-Gutiérrez, Andrea C. Zambrana-Rosario, and Michael Shelly

Community-Based Organizations in Public Housing Resident Recovery in Puerto Rico
Sayma Khajehei, Elizabeth Colón Rivera, Divya Chandrasekhar, and Ivis García

Community First Aid Training: A Tool to Strengthen Community Resilience
Todd Miner, Simon Priest, Tayna C. Belyeu-Camacho, Joan M. Flores, and Geraldine A. Rodgers

Public Trust, Community Resilience, and Disaster Response in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Kenny A. Hendrickson, Kula A. Francis, and Anna M. Clarke

Exploring Post-Disaster Transportation Barriers to Healthcare of Socially Vulnerable Puerto Rican Communities
Diana Ramirez-Rios, William A. Wallace, Jordan Kinsler, Norianne Martinez Viota, and Paola Mendez

The Use of Disaster Information and Communication Technology Among At-Risk Populations in U.S. Virgin Islands
Nitin Roy and Nisha Clavier