Population Health Initiative Disaster Recovery

 Photo by Janelle Rios

Photo by Janelle Rios

 

PROJECT OVERVIEW

During the disaster recovery process, it is extremely challenging to continuously assess community health and well-being. Readily available data sources on community health and wellbeing during the disaster recovery period is essential to assessing community recovery of health and wellbeing and to building capacity for community resilience. This study aims to understand if and how data from personal health monitoring devices and apps, such as Strava and Fitbit, can be used to understand community resilience and inform recovery activities in the recovery period. The research team, led by Dr. Nicole Errett, Dr. Scott Miles and Dr. Youngjun Choe, will use a mixed methods comparative case study approach, focusing on Hurricane Harvey in Texas and the Santa Rosa wildfires in California.