NCDP Perspectives

Domestic Violence Amid COVID-19: A Hidden Epidemic

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As the world grapples with the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are catching sight of an additional public health emergency: domestic violence and child abuse. Restricted movement and mounting stress cultivate conditions for more frequent and more dangerous violence in the home.

May 4, 2020

A 102-Year-Old Lesson for Fighting COVID-19: How Soon We Forget

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In 1918, when the so-called Spanish Flu was raging (it was only first reported by Spanish journalists, although it likely began elsewhere), an incredibly powerful lesson was learned through a natural experiment that involved two major American cities.

April 9, 2020

Financing catastrophe: 4 ways we pay for disasters

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Like any healthy financial portfolio, disaster financing should be diverse. There is no single mechanism that should be overly relied upon at the expense of others. And an abundance of resources in one sector

August 8, 2019

As Hurricane Michael moves inland, public data can help the most vulnerable

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As Hurricane Michael moves further inland, bringing torrential rains and high winds with it, those who were most vulnerable before the storm are going to need the most assistance in its aftermath. This is a mantra that is relevant to hurricanes and other disasters. This is also well-described in research focusing on disproportional impact and recovery of vulnerable populations. But to really have that principle influence and improve disaster planning and response, we need a richer understanding of these vulnerabilities and better tools to incorporate them into the planning process.

August 8, 2019