Developing Capacity for Community Action Planning & Resilience Building
Placement and Training of Community Health Workers in Targeted CommunitiesOil spills can negatively affect the health, social, and economic wellbeing of any local community, but underserved and disadvantaged populations are especially hard-hit. To improve resilience in such areas, CRGC worked with partners from the University of South Alabama’s Coastal Resource and Resiliency Center (CRRC) and local stakeholders to identify three communities that could benefit from the efforts of Community Health Workers (CHWs). In 2015-2016, we trained and deployed seven lay CHWs to enhance disaster preparedness, improve overall health and healthcare capacity, and support community resilience efforts. The CHWs are working in community-based organizations and community health clinics in Plaquemines and Lafourche Parishes in Louisiana as well as Mobile County, Alabama.
Disaster Resilience Leadership Fellowship Program
When disaster strikes, communities look to leaders to interpret the experience and provide direction for response and recovery. To strengthen local resilience leadership capacity, CRGC, the Institute for Disaster Resilience and Humanitarian Affairs at George Washington University, and the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA) at Tulane University launched an innovative new fellowship program: Planning for Resilient Communities.In November 2016, a Leadership Advisory Committee (LAC) led by Louisiana Lt. Governor Nungesser selected 15 Fellows, who were trained to provide a diverse breadth and depth of disaster resilience leadership capacity and coordination across multiple sectors and systems. Fellows comprise of emerging, local leaders representing Louisiana’s five coastal parishes.
What and How Are Fellows Learning?
Fellows are learning to how to help their communities develop plans that strengthen and coordinate the resilience to future disasters such as oil spills. The program structure is developed iteratively in partnership with the LAC.
Modes of Learning
- Interaction with leading experts: Short lectures and discussions build individual and regional networks of practical and theoretical knowledge.
- Collaborative exercises: This format seeks to encourage greater collaboration and alliance building among fellows from different parishes and across different sectors and to build a strong network of resilience leaders.
- Virtual Disaster Resilience Leadership Learning Environment: This online tool facilitates fellow communication, interaction, and networking. It is also helping us produce a Disaster Resilience Leadership Learning program workbook and resource guide that can carry on well beyond the life of the project.
Fellows Participate in 2nd Module of “Planning For Resilient Gulf Communities” Executive Leadership Training
Inaugural cohort of Southeastern Louisiana Disaster Resilience Leadership Fellows participate in second module of “Planning for Resilient Communities” Executive Leadership Training.
Nicholas Thomas is a CRGC graduate student currently pursuing a Ph.D. from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Alyssa Wood and Keagan Smith, from the University of South Alabama showcase their poster presentation at the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference, which took place February 6-9 in New Orleans, LA.
CRGC Researchers Discuss Human Dimensions and Activity of Oil Spill Response at 2017 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference
Eight CRGC researchers present during day-long session surrounding human dimensions of the DWH oil spill and interdisciplinary communications and community resilience from a social ecological and systems approach at the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference.
CRGC team members Dr. Craig Bond, Dr. Shanthi Nataraj, and Ms. Jacqueline Fiore just published preliminary results on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s impact on the Gulf fisheries industry. This paper reports results from an ex-post analysis of the spill using publicly available, routinely collected data on landings, revenues, and fishing effort for select fish species in the Gulf. The research team’s methods examine the overall impact of the oil spill as well as changes that occurred over time. Learn more »
Shipbuilders in AL and LA Expand Operations to Deliver New Fleet of Passenger Ferries for New York City
Horizon Shipbuilders, based out of Bayou La Batre, AL, and Metal Shark, a boatbuilder located in Franklin, LA, are rapidly working to build boats for an ambitious citywide ferry service that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to begin next summer. Horizon and Metal Shark are working on a tight schedule to build the 19 vessels needed for Mayor de Blasio’s $325-million citywide ferry service, timed to begin as he seeks re-election for office next November. This new ferry service would be the most extensive of its kind in any American city.
The first ever cohort of Southeastern Louisiana Disaster Resilience Leadership Fellows complete inaugural Executive Leadership Training, “Planning For Resilient Gulf Communities,” a five-day workshop led by Tulane University and supported by the Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities (CRGC) to help coastal communities improve resilience to future disasters.
Planning for Resilient Communities: Coastal Louisiana Leaders Gather to Kick-Off Executive Leadership Training
Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy is hosting the “Planning for Resilient Communities” Executive Leadership Training for a newly formed cohort of Southeastern Louisiana Disaster Resilient Leadership Fellows in a five day workshop from November 14-18th. The fellowship program is supported by the Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities (CRGC), a multidisciplinary consortium funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to provide communities with solutions to build social, economic, and public health resilience to catastrophic oil spills.
Jacqueline Fiore, a Ph.D. student in Tulane University’s Economic Analysis and Policy program and a GoMRI Scholar with the Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities (CRGC), uses applied economics to study the Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s socioeconomic impacts on Gulf fisheries, assess their ability to recover, and help inform future oil spill response.