CRGC director Melissa Finucane participated in the kick-off of a collaborative workshop series, “Regional priority setting for health, social, and economic disruption from spills.” The two-day event took place December 4-5 in Houma, Louisiana.
The workshop series is presented by the Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI); and various Sea Grant partners. It will focus on three areas pertaining to oil spills: public health, social disruption, and economic impacts.
Finucane presented her research on risk communication and also participated in a panel discussion on Sharing Oil Spill Experiences and Insights.
Participants gathered to learn from each other about physical, mental, social, economic, cultural, and spiritual impacts from oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico.
Emergency responders explained the existing framework for preparing and responding to oil and chemical spills, researchers revealed their findings about public health impacts, and community representatives also shared their experiences.
Learn more: https://gulfseagrant.org/oilspilloutreach/presentations/prioritizing-health-and-oil-spill-preparedness/