Community Engagement in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery
A Tale of Two Cities – Los Angeles and New Orleans
Published In: Psychiatric Clinics of North America, v. 36, no. 3, Sep. 2013, p. 451-466
Posted on rand.org Sep 1, 2013
Awareness of the impact of disasters globally on mental health is increasing. Known difficulties in preparing communities for disasters and a lack of focus on relationship building and organizational capacity in preparedness and response have led to a greater policy focus on community resiliency as a key public health approach to disaster response. In this article, the authors describe how an approach to community engagement for improving mental health services, disaster recovery, and preparedness from a community resiliency perspective emerged from their work in applying a partnered, participatory research framework, iteratively, in Los Angeles County and the City of New Orleans.