Disasters Through the Lens of Disparities: Elevate Community Resilience as an Essential Public Health Service

Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH

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Am J Public Health. 2018;108(1):28-30. 

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Abstract and Introduction

Abstract

Weather experts, using wind speed, declared September 2017 the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record. However, wind speed is but one measure of impact. A comprehensive assessment of the immediate and long-term consequences of disasters requires a holistic, "whole community" approach, a term coined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to encourage a multisectoral strategy to disaster management. However, intransigent disparities faced by many communities living in the path of disasters makes this an elusive concept.

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