Researchers Dr. Sarah DeYoung, Dr. Curt Harris, and Tawny Waltz (MPH) in the Institute for Disaster Management are co-investigators on $3 million grant from the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation aimed at improving the resilience of Gulf of Mexico coastal communities in the face of disaster. DeYoung will take a lead role in the project’s community survey design, data collection, and quantitative statistical data analyses. Harris and Waltz will lead the project’s community hazard vulnerability assessment, staff training, and preparedness training.
Denise Lewis, an associate professor in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, will serve as principal investigators of the $3,076,000 grant to engage with Cambodian and Laotian families in Mobile, Ala., to determine how individual, family and community-level strengths and vulnerabilities contribute to community health and how individuals utilize social networks for formal services to respond to environmental stressors and disasters. The project will develop culturally responsive interventions and strategies for increasing community capacity and resilience. Lewis will work in conjunction with the Cambodian Association of Mobile and the Lao Association of Mobile.