Cover: Community Engagement in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

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 Sep 1, 2013

by Kenneth B. Wells, Benjamin Springgate, Elizabeth Lizaola, Felica Jones, Alonzo L. Plough

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.

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