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Workshop Abstracts

Name of Session:

Session B 3

 Health Communication and Emergency Preparedness among Low Income Minority Populations

Description of Session:

Effective methods of communication are vital to preparing the public for emergency events. Hurricane Katrina was an unfortunate example of the devastating consequences that can occur from inadequate communication prior to, during, and following emergency events. The presence of health disparities exacerbates these consequences for vulnerable populations such as low-income minorities. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, the Morgan State University School of Public Health and Policy implemented the Special Populations Bioterrorism Initiative to address the need for more research within this realm of public health and assess the experiences and needs of low income minorities affected by natural disasters in Maryland.

This panel will discuss a continuum of behavior, knowledge, and attitudes of low income minority populations both pre-Katrina and post-Katrina, provide a framework for developing and disseminating emergency preparedness messages and materials, and assess the appropriateness of emergency preparedness materials currently available for reaching low income African-Americans and Latinos.

Presenter(s) E-mail

Moderator:

 Xanthia James Degrees: MPH

Presenter 1:

Randy Rowel Degrees: PhD
Title of Presentation: Pre-Katrina: Emergency Preparedness Among Low Income Minority Populations

Presenter 2:

Anita Hawkins Degrees: PhD
Title of Presentation: Health Communication and Emergency Preparedness in Low Income Minority Populuations

Presenter 3:

Xanthia James Degrees: MPH
Title of Presentation: An Assessment of the Cultural Appropriateness of Emergency Preparedness Risk Communication Materials for Low Income Minority Residents in Maryland

Presenter 4:

Myrtle Evans Degrees: MSPH, DrPH(c)
Title of Presentation: Post Katrina: Emergency Preparedness Among Low Income Minorities