Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
The Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has created important health challenge for the entire Gulf region, specifically for the families most affected by the impact on their livelihoods and daily routines. In order to restore families and communities to healthy conditions, it is critical to use the tools of objective analysis to adequately identify and respond to community needs. This analysis can also ensure that resources are appropriately allocated for efficient and effective recovery. RAND's Public Health Systems and Preparedness (PHSP) initiative been doing work on these types of issues for many years and has a body of work which is relevant and applicable to the current situation in the Gulf. Selected publications can be found below. For further information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preparedness, Crisis Decision Making and Community Resilience
Readiness, decision making, and community resilience issues are at the heart of RAND PHSP's work. The stakeholders of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will likely want to assess response to the spill and develop lessons learned. Select RAND PHSP publications in this area include:
Understanding Community Resilience in the Context of National Health Security: A Literature Review — 2010
Measuring Crisis Decision-making for Public Health Emergencies — 2009
Strategies To Enhance Emergency Preparedness Planning and Response For Special Needs Populations — 2009
2009, The RAND Corporation
Initial Evaluation of the Cities Readiness Initiative — 2009
RAND Technical Report (TR-640)
Assessing Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Concepts, Tools, and Challenges — 2007
Annual Review of Public Health. 28: 12.1-12.18
Decision-making competence: External validation through an individual-differences approach — 2005
Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 18, 1-27.
Protecting Emergency Responders, Volume 2: Community Views of Safety and Health Risks and Personal Protection Needs — 2003
RAND Science and Technology Policy Institute, MR-1646-NIOSH, August 2003.
Regional Recovery Assessments-Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
RAND PHSP has been working in the Gulf since 2005, supporting hurricane recovery and long-term development in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Our health specific work provides objective analysis to federal, state, and local leaders in support of evidence-based policymaking and the well-being of individuals throughout the Gulf States region. Selected publications include:
Navigating the road to recovery: An assessment of the coordination, communication, and financing of disaster case management in Louisiana — 2010
Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation (TR-849-LRA).
The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in Long-Term Human Recovery After Disaster: Reflections From Louisiana Four Years After Hurricane Katrina — 2009
Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation (OP-277-RC).
Health of Medicare Advantage Plan Enrollees One Year After Katrina — 2009
American Journal of Managed Care, v.15, 2009: 13-22.
Rapid Community Participatory Assessment of Health Care in Post-Storm New Orleans — 2009
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Vol. 37, No. 6, Supp. 1, Dec 2009, pp. s237-s243
Lessons learned from the state and local public health response to Hurricane Katrina — 2007
Report to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). RAND WR-473-DHHS, 2007
Disaster planning and risk communication with vulnerable communities: lessons from hurricane Katrina — 2007
American Journal of Public Health 2007;97:S109-S115
Environmental Health Issues
RAND has collaborated with public agencies and university researchers from around the world in a diverse array of projects relevant to environment and health. Representative publications from a much longer list of RAND environmental studies include:
Prioritizing environmental health risks in the United Arab Emirates — 2010
Risk Analysis, accepted, in press.
Concerns About Environmental Health Risks in the UAE — 2010
Journal of Risk Analysis, in press.
Ambient Particulate Matter Air Pollution and Venous Thromboembolism on Two Survival Time Scales — 2010
American Journal of Epidemiology, 117(11, Supp), S332
National Strategy and Action Plan for Environmental Health: United Arab Emirates — 2009
State of Environmental Health in the United Arab Emirates — 2009
Cumulative Lead Dose and Cognitive Function in Adults: a Review of Studies That Measured Both Blood Lead and Bone Lead — 2007
Environmental Health Perspectives, 115(3),483-492
The Epidemiology of Lead Toxicity in Adults: Measuring Dose and Consideration of Other Methodological Issues — 2007
Environmental Health Perspectives, 115(3), 455-462
Review of Literature Related to Exposures and Health Effects at Structural Collapse Events — 2005
RAND Technical Report TR-309-NIOSH
Asbestos Litigation Costs, Compensation, and Alternatives — 2005
RAND Research Brief RB-9155-ICJ
The Impact of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals on Wildlife A Review of the Literature — 1999
Groundwater Recharge with Reclaimed Water: Birth Outcomes in Los Angeles County — 1999
1982-1993. RAND MR-1077-WRDSC
Groundwater Recharge with Reclaimed Water: An Epidemiologic Assessment in Los Angeles County — 1996
1987-1991. RAND MR-679-WRDSC
Developing Methods for Studying Costs and Benefits of Federal Environmental Regulations for Small Community Governments — 1996
RAND Draft Document DRU-787-EPA
Small Communities and EPA Regulations: Developing a Research Strategy — 1993
RAND Draft Document DRU-249-EPA
Risk of Congenital Malformations Associated with Proximity to Hazardous Waste Sites — 1992
RAND Reprint. Originally published in American Journal of Epidemiology, v. 135, no. 11, 1992, pp. 1197-1207.
Psychological Consequences of War, Disasters and Other Traumatic Events
We have learned from past disasters that not all harmful consequences are visible. Events like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill can create a host of mental and behavioral challenges for everyone involved. RAND PHSP has deep expertise in mental and behavioral health policies, particularly in post-traumatic situations. Select publications include:
Making sense of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Illness perceptions among traumatic injury survivors — 2010
Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, in press
Post-Katrina Project Demonstrates a Rapid, Participatory Assessment of Health Care and Develops a Partnership for Post-Disaster Recovery in New Orleans — 2010
RAND Research Brief RB-9516
Capacity for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Delivery in Resource Poor Disaster Impacted Contexts — 2010
Ethnicity and Disease, under review
Prevalence of PTSD and major depression following trauma-center hospitalization — 2010
Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection, and Critical Care, in press
Development of a Patient-Report Measure of Psychotherapy for Depression — 2009
Administration and Policy in Mental and Mental Health Services Research. Epub September 2009.
Health Effects of Relocation following Disaster — 2009
Disasters, v.33, 2009: 1-22
Schools Mental Health Responses After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — 2007
Psychiatric Services, Volume 58 (10)
How Schools Can Help Students Recover from Traumatic Experiences A Tool Kit for Supporting Long-Term Recovery — 2006
RAND Technical Report TR-413-RC
Integrating Behavioral Aspects into Community Preparedness and Response Systems — 2005
Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma 10(3/4): 707-720