Track 5 - Healthy Populations and Communities (Chronic Disease

Infectious Disease & Resilience)

Sharing Session - 30 Minutes

E10 - Piloting a Crowd-Sourced, Post-Disaster Data Collection Tool

Wednesday, July 11
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: St. Charles

In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey released 1 trillion gallons of water in Harris County (TX), causing record flooding. In emergencies such as this, receiving timely information of social, economic, and health-related needs is critical for local public health and other governmental agencies to respond. Immediately after the flooding, the FNY team and the author collaborated to retool FNY to work as a post-disaster data collection tool. Survey questions were developed to assess respondents’ health, mental health, exposures, needs, and financial costs associated with the hurricane. The current stage of crowd-sourced data collection after a disaster is still too early to be fully trusted. However, this first assessment is a proof-of-concept that populations are able and willing to share private and personal information about their health, well-being, and financial impact from a recent disaster.

Keywords

Emergency Preparedness, Assess & Monitor, Research/Evidence-Based

Eric Bakota, MS

Public Health Analyst
Harris County Public Health

Eric Bakota is a Public Health Analyst with Harris County Public Health. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he came to Houston in 2003 to attend the University of Houston, where he earned his BA in English and MS in Biology. He left Houston briefly, twice. Once for Sacramento and another for Peoria, IL. In both instances it was his insatiable love for tacos that brought him back. His entire career has been as a civil servant in local public health, including 3 years with the Houtson Health Department before joining Harris County Public Health. His roles included Sanitarian, Epidemiologist, Informatician, and now Analyst. He helped author the 3rd Annual Epidemiology-in-Review for Houston. Follow him on Twitter @ericbakota.

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Colleen Nguyen, MPH

Program Coordinator
HealthMap

Colleen is a Program Coordinator at HealthMap. She manages the group’s social media presence, the internship program, and Vaccine Finder - a service that provides the public with information on where to obtain their immunizations.

Colleen graduated with an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health and obtained her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.

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Adam Crawley

Program Officer
Ending Pandemics

Adam Crawley provides project oversight and technical support to Ending Pandemics and its partners. This includes data analysis, surveillance system design, and evidence base documentation for Ending Pandemics’ impact. Adam began this work as a Research Associate at the Skoll Global Threats Fund, where he helped measure outbreak detection timeliness and response in 28 partner countries and worked with our partners at HealthMap to refine and expand Flu Near You as a self-tracking system to monitor influenza-like illness in North America. Prior to SGTF, Adam served as Interim Supervising Epidemiologist at the San Mateo County Health System and as a Senior Research Associate at the UC Berkeley Center for Infectious Diseases and Emergency Readiness.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters of Public Health from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, with a concentration in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology.

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Adam Crawley

Program Officer
Ending Pandemics

Adam Crawley provides project oversight and technical support to Ending Pandemics and its partners. This includes data analysis, surveillance system design, and evidence base documentation for Ending Pandemics’ impact. Adam began this work as a Research Associate at the Skoll Global Threats Fund, where he helped measure outbreak detection timeliness and response in 28 partner countries and worked with our partners at HealthMap to refine and expand Flu Near You as a self-tracking system to monitor influenza-like illness in North America. Prior to SGTF, Adam served as Interim Supervising Epidemiologist at the San Mateo County Health System and as a Senior Research Associate at the UC Berkeley Center for Infectious Diseases and Emergency Readiness.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters of Public Health from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, with a concentration in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology.

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