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Public health branch incident management and support as part of the Federal Government response during the emergency phase of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

As part of the initial response, a public health team was initially deployed as part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Incident Response Coordination Team's Incident Response Coordination Team, as part of the initial response. A public health branch was established in response to a variety of public health programs in support of the affected territories due to increased calls for increased expertise and funding.

Source link: https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.0631


Restoration versus transformative adaptation of community drinking water systems after Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico.

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma and Maria struck Puerto Rico, putting the island's Critical Infrastructure Systems and Processes' increasing vulnerability and putting the lives of some of the island's most impoverished populations to the test. The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority's central drinking water system suffered significant damage, leaving over 200,000 citizens off-grid for months. Being one of these CRISPs, the island's centralized drinking water system operated by the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority sustained significant damage, leaving over 200,000 people off-grid for months. Only 35 of the 205 community aqueducts serving low-income groups in the island's central mountainous areas failed. The data collection featured interviews with water system administrators, government, and nongovernmental department representatives who monitor these programs or assisted communities in rebuilding their networks. Within the first three weeks, we also investigated water systems that had operational issues. Many communities were able to improvise and restore their water systems soon after the tragedy, despite economic hardships and a lack of emergency plans.

Source link: https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.0590


The Impact of Natural Disasters on Maternal Health: Hurricanes Irma and María in Puerto Rico.

The PROTECT research center funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Program in the United States was established in 2010 to investigate the effects of pollution exposure on Puerto Rico's high incidence of premature births. Individuals in pregnant and postpartum are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. They have a difficult time finding proper pre- and post-natal care, are exposed to an increased risk of miscarriage, premature delivery, and giving birth to low birthweight babies during and after disasters are also more likely to experience physical and mental health problems than the general population during and after disasters. PROTECT participants who were pregnant during hurricanes Irma or Maria, or who became pregnant shortly after in order to identify hurricane-related stress and other adverse effects. This paper is based on the answers to the open-ended question at the end of the questionnaire, where participants were encouraged to share their experiences during and after the hurricanes. The transcribed text was first analyzed to find emerging categories and then coded to reveal common themes as well as participant differences. The findings reveal how the disruption in access to basic services has a unique effect on pregnant and post-partum women in an emergency situation. These findings point to the possibility of designing specific protocols targeted at this population, which may be helpful to healthcare providers and community organizations in the event of future events.

Source link: https://doi.org/10.3390/children9070940


Mortality among Nursing Home Residents Enrolled in Hospice and Hospice Utilization Post-Hurricane Irma.

Background: Nursing home residents are susceptible to increased mortality as a result of a natural disaster such as hurricanes, but the specific vulnerability of NH residents on hospice and the effect on hospice admission are uncertain. Objectives: Exposure to Hurricane Irma was used to determine increased mortality in Florida NH residents by hospice status in comparison to the same time period in a nonhurricane year. A rise in the chances of enrollment among long-stay residents in 30 days and 90 days, but not short-stay residents within 30 and 90 days, considering the prevalence of hospice admissions among residents who were not on hospice for the first time, but not in residents within 30 and 90 days. Conclusion: In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the death of hospice care in NH increased.

Source link: https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2021.0475

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