Latest findings from this study released (7/29/2015). Click on S-CAFH Publications & Reports on the left-hand navigation menu to read the latest briefing reports, or directly access by clicking on these links: the PLACE report, and the PERSON report. Read the press release here.

Superstorm SandyCatastrophic storms of the magnitude of Superstorm Sandy can contribute to significant and enduring health, economic, environmental, and social impacts. In recognition of this fact, the New Jersey State Department of Health has funded a joint research team from Rutgers University and Columbia University to conduct the Sandy Child and Family Health (S-CAFH) study.

This research will examine the potential long-term effects of Sandy on the health and well-being of New Jersey residents exposed to the storm. It will also shed light on what has helped or hindered people in their ongoing recovery.

What is S-CAFH?

The Sandy Child and Family Health Study (S-CAFH) is a research project funded by the State of New Jersey in order to understand the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the health and well-being of children and adults, the ongoing needs of affected residents, and how well people and households are recovering.

Interviewers will conduct face-to-face surveys with adults from over 1,000 randomly selected households from some of the most impacted regions of New Jersey. The survey will cover topics such as the decisions households made related to both evacuation and to recovery issues, adult and child health and well-being, as well the help they have sought or received.  The primary objectives of the S-CAFH study will be to:

  • document the physical and mental health needs of populations affected by the storm, with a including the storm’s impact on children;
  • chronicle the recovery and housing transitions experienced by New Jersey residents who experienced Sandy;
  • analyze the types of services that people needed and received, and to understand unmet needs or service gaps which may still exist; and
  • consider the paths to recovery experienced by diverse populations affected by the storm.

This study is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and the Department of Human Services.

In partnership with:


NYU College of Global Public Health