Building Back Better

 Photo by Janelle Rios

Photo by Janelle Rios

 

PROJECT OVERVIEW

After a disaster, affected communities work tirelessly to rebuild and recover. The disaster recovery period provides an opportunity to address vulnerabilities before the next disaster strikes by investing in stronger, healthier and more resilient communities.

Dr. Nicole Errett is working to on a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to identify and analyze current state laws that authorize disaster recovery programs and state plans that guide their implementation. She is using qualitative methodologies and legal epidemiology methods to assess the state-level policies addressing health during disaster recovery. The goal of this research is to characterize requirements for disaster recovery activities that enable health and well-being.