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Understanding Resilience Attributes for Children, Youth, and Communities in the Wake of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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Louisiana State University


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Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Project Actions

Public Health Research

Targeted Resources

Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

This project will assess the public health impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The goals are 1) Assess the public health and social impacts of the oil spill with a special focus on children and their families; 2) Identify attributes of children and families associated with resilience to negative disaster impacts and, conversely, attributes of children and families associated with vulnerability to negative disaster impacts; 3) Assess the within-unit change (i.e., children and their families) related to impacts, resilience, and vulnerability; 4) Train graduate students in disaster resilience research to help build the next generation of scholars dedicated to these issues; and 5) Make the information generated from this project actionable, facilitate disaster resilience, and mitigate vulnerability.


Tim Slack
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