Visualizing Social Media: New Tools for Research and Practice
Social media is an increasingly popular means of communication; nearly two-thirds of American adults use social networking sites as of 2015, according to the most recent Pew Research Report. Social media has tremendous potential as a communication tool during emergency situations, or to address public health goals. It provides a way for citizens to express their concerns and request help during a disaster, develop a connection and engage with civic entities at all levels, and mobilize in important ways to help communities during a disaster.
We now offer a free suite of trainings, tools, and resources focused on how social media can be utilized to enhance disaster response and speed recovery. This new suite offers an interactive online course, two video series on thought leadership and concepts in social media, and a literature review of current research and tools on the topic of social media in disasters.
To learn more about the “Visualizing Social Media’ project, visit the project homepage.
Superstorm Sandy Systems Response
The Superstorm Sandy Systems Response Study is focused on understanding and improving how complex systems function and adapt in instances of extreme duress such as disasters. The project seeks to evaluate the public health system response during Superstorm Sandy in the NYC metro area.
The goals are to: (1) Elucidate the role of the local health departments during the emergency disaster response, which demanded participation of local, regional, and federal stakeholders within the context of the larger health system; (2) Highlight infrastructural, communication, coordination, collaboration facilitators and barriers which local health departments encountered in effecting their prescribed role; and to (3) Provide face-to-face and online trainings for the public health workforce.
To learn more about the Superstorm Sandy Systems Response project, visit the project homepage.
Sandy Child & Family Health Study (S-CAFH)
The damage caused during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 was immediate, but the aftershocks for New Jersey residents continue in the form of enduring health, economic, environmental and social impacts.
To better understand these effects, the New Jersey Department of Health is supporting a joint research team from NCDP and Rutgers University Institute for Families to conduct the Sandy Child and Family Health (S-CAFH) Study, one of the largest disaster recovery projects and assessments in the region.
Study Findings now available.
Resilient Children / Resilient Communities Initiative
Every day, 69 million children spend the day at a daycare center or school. Despite this, these institutions are left out of the preparedness and planning equation, sometimes without resources or the capacity to provide needed tools to quickly recover.
NCDP, partnered with GSK and Save the Children, to address this need for change With two pilot programs in the U.S. and a National Children’s Resilience Board, the Resilient Children Resilient Communities project (RCRC) will build a child-focused community resilience plan, as well as advocate for national policies supporting this vulnerable population.
To learn more about the RCRC Initiative, visit the RCRC Homepage.
Be Prepared for the Unexpected: Public Health Pearls of Wisdom
Local health departments are faced with daily challenges in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters. In a collaborative project, NCDP presents the top 10 Public Health Pearls of Wisdom which offer guidance to improve collaboration, communication, and leadership during an event.
This video series helps offer practical knowledge and advice to any health department and will prove incredibly useful in starting or continuing conversations vital to optimal function in a disaster. A facilitator’s guide is available to assist in this process.