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Using Novel Technology to Assess the Needs of Medically-Vulnerable Populations During Wildfires

May 26th @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The majority of disasters in the 21st century result in cases of morbidity and mortality lasting long after the acute event has passed. In the United States, wildfires and hurricanes typically result in power outages and evacuations, disrupting access to wages, healthcare, food security, and stable housing  – sometimes for extended periods of time. In order to protect medically-vulnerable populations, response agencies and health systems need to know who is moving, when they are moving, and where they are moving to mobilize material resources and personnel effectively.

On Thursday, May 26 at 11:00 AM ET, CrisisReady, a research response platform based at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Direct Relief,  is hosting its monthly Disaster Mobility Data Network (DMDN) meeting to delve into this important topic. The session will feature an overview of CrisisReady’s recent work on wildfire emergencies in California, with a particular focus on the Health Systems Resilience Decision Support System, which gathers information needed to optimize resource allocation during disasters from novel, but disparate, data streams. The tool combines community demographics, vulnerability, infrastructure and mobility data to track evolving medical needs as populations evacuate.

Featured speakers include: 
  • Joan Casey, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
  • Denise Everhart, Division Disaster Executive, Pacific Division, American Red Cross
  • Eric Howard, Geospatial Data Scientist, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)
  • Eric Sergienko, Public Health Officer, Mariposa County, Health and Human Services Division
  • Satchit Balsari, Co-Director, CrisisReady; Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Andrew Schroeder, Co-Director, CrisisReady; Vice President of Research, Direct Relief


Date: May 26th
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Calendars: Public Events, School-wide Events, University-wide Events
Event types: Lectures / Seminars / Forums