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Current Projects

Building Resilient Regions:  Workforce Capacity for Translation, Implementation and Evaluation of Promising PERRC Products

CPHD researchers along with partners from RAND received an award through ASPPH/CDC for the Translation, Dissemination and Implementation of Public Health Preparedness and Response Research and Training. This project will use the Interactive Systems Framework (ISF) for Synthesis, Translation and Support to enhance the capacity of LHDs in Southern California to implement evidence-based practices created by the CDC PERRCs to enhance community resilience.

Evaluating the Los Angeles Initiatives to Reduce Targeted Violence

Los Angeles is taking on the major challenge of how to reduce targeted violence that arises from hate and bias. Los Angeles is home to prevention programs that emphasize the key roles of community engagement, partnership, and community driven approaches for reducing targeted violence.

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) awarded the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Department of Psychiatry and the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters a grant to evaluate the Los Angeles programs. The purpose of this evaluation is to help Los Angeles understand, plan, and assess its programs to reduce targeted violence arising from hate and bias.

The Effect of Variations in WEA Message Content and Social Setting on Behavioral and Psycho-Physiological Response Among Diverse Populations

CPHD researchers are working with experimental psychologists to understand how varying the content, structure and social setting of Wireless Emergency Alert messages influences responses to the messages.

Examination of the Short- and Long-term Impact of School Shootings

The U.S Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded UCLA/DUKE University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress with a grant to examine the broader impact of school shootings. Faculty and researchers from NCTSN and their collaborative partner UCLA Center for Public Health and have joined with community leaders to building knowledge in this area about the experiences of a broad range of individuals affected or potentially affected by school shootings.

Disaster Recovery:  Examining the Relationship between Public Health Departments and the Nongovernmental Sector in Effective Disaster Recovery

This study examines how relationships between New York City¹s public health department and local, community based organizations led to better recovery after Superstorm Sandy.

Heat Waves:  Prioritizing Cooling Infrastructure Investments for Vulnerable Southwest Populations

This study will develop a socio-technical index of vulnerability to heat wave related illness and then estimate the reduction in mortality and morbidity communities may see from changes in public health and governmental policy.

Leave Early or Stay and Defend, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the Public’s Response to Wildfire  

In partnership with the US Forest Service, CPHD researchers are studying the health and social effects experienced by five communities one year after the Wallow Fire, Arizona¹s largest wildfire.

Recent Projects 

Earthquake-related injuries among survivors: A systematic review and quantitative synthesis of the literature  

Building Effective Public Health CBO/FBO Partnerships for Disaster Readiness 

This study sought to examine how local health departments (LHDs) create meaningful linkages with community-based organizations (CBOs) and faith-based organizations (FBOs) to enhance and strengthen disaster preparedness and response at the community level.  

PM-PREP: Peer-Mentored Disaster Preparedness for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

CPHD faculty developed a disaster preparedness curriculum for adults who have developmental disabilities and live independently in the community.

ROAD-MAP: Resilient Older Adults in Disasters

A disaster preparedness curriculum and materials for older adults.

PREP--Programa Para Responder a Emergencias con Preparación

A disaster preparedness curriculum and materials designed for the underserved, Latino immigrant community in Los Angeles.  Includes materials for promotores de salud to deliver the program in the community.