Cover: Resilience in the Bayou

Resilience in the Bayou

Published in: National Academies website (2022)

Posted on rand.org Feb 1, 2023

by Janel Lowman, Melissa L. Finucane

This film tells the story of how the Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities (CRGC) and the University of South Alabama are supporting local communities in understanding, withstanding, and overcoming the multiple stressors brought on by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. This film traces the remarkable journey of Kim Tran, a local Vietnamese resident in the small, rural fishing village of Bayou La Batre, AL, as she overcomes personal obstacles being a single mom of five children, to complete the community health worker training organized and taught by Janel Lowman, community outreach specialist with the University of South Alabama. The close relationship between Tran and Lowman overcomes language and cultural barriers and allows for meaningful support to be provided for low-income, immigrant families, whose lives and livelihoods have been turned upside down by the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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