Researchers report lessons learned from Katrina

Three new papers published online Aug. 15 in Environmental Health Perspectives provide insight into how researchers can work with communities to reduce children’s asthma rates, even under the most difficult conditions.

 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, NIEHS and several partners (see story) formed a community-based research collaboration, known as Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL),  with the goal of helping asthmatic children return to New Orleans and surrounding parishes, where much of the infrastructure had been destroyed. The new papers discuss some of the devastating conditions at the time, including mold growing in homes and buildings, and the fact that 50 percent of children who had previously had a healthcare provider were without one, after 4,500 physicians and health care workers left the region.

 

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