Track 1: Building and Sustaining Resilient Communities
Part A: Assessing the Health and Social Service Needs of Hurricane Maria evacuees
This session offers an overview of collaborative research that assessed the health and social service needs of Puerto Rico evacuees that came to Massachusetts following Hurricane Maria. This will be a joint presentation by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.
Part B: Caring for Our Newest Bostonians: Supporting Hurricane Maria Evacuees in the City of Boston
Hurricane Maria drove hundreds of residents from Puerto and the US Virgin Islands to self-evacuate to Boston, which tested the capabilities of the City of Boston’s health and social services partners. Come learn how collaborative partnerships with community and faith-based organizations aided in supporting survivors of this disaster.
Part C: Public Health’s Role in the Chicago Multi-Agency Resource Center for Displaced Puerto Rican Citizens Post Hurricane Maria
Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 resulting in 2,975 deaths. Chicago opened a Multi-Agency Resource Center for evacuees. The Chicago Department of Public Health connected approximately 1,000 persons to health services. Many factors were considered such as communication, mental health, and partnerships for building resilience.