Track 4: Enhancing Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Management Systems
Part A: Challenges of Informing on the Mortality Impact Related to Disasters from Natural Hazards: Lessons from Puerto Rico and Hurricane Maria
This panel reports on the methods, findings, and implications of The George Washington University study following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which included the estimation of excess mortality, an evaluation of disaster-context death certification, and an assessment of communication of hurricane-related mortality to the public.
Part B: Role of death the Certification Registration Process in the Public Health Practice of Preventing Hurricane/Disaster-Related Death Outcomes
George Washington University researchers assessed the death certification and registration process after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Study findings are discussed, which identify challenges the U.S. faces in capturing the true number of deaths following disasters, and opportunities for maximizing available resources to address these challenges.