Pilot: Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences: Evaluation of Health and Safety Information Dissemination with Vulnerable Patients and Providers Post-Flooding

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Abstract Natural disasters such as flooding, tornadoes, and wildfires present unique challenges to persons with chronic disease and the healthcare and emergency management systems which must stand ready to keep them safe and healthy. Floodwaters are extremely dangerous and destructive, often resulting in issues with access to care and infection among those affected by flooding. Adults and children with weakened immune systems and chronic lung conditions need tailored health and safety education following a flooding event to decrease infection risk, breathing complications and reduce treatment delays. This exploratory study aims to fill a resource gap by: 1) examining provider opinions on the usability, usefulness, perceived impact, and dissemination of a health and safety tip sheet for use with patients and caregivers of those with weakened immune systems and/or chronic lung conditions who have been impacted by flooding; and 2) evaluating social media reach of PSAs on Twitter and Facebook as a means of disseminating post-flood health and safety guidance for vulnerable populations following the historic rainfall in Southeastern Kentucky.
Effective start/end date1/1/233/31/23


  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences


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