Who Participates in Building Disaster Resilient Communities: A Cluster-Analytic Approach

The Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience project is a community-based program to improve disaster resilience. Baseline measures of resilience-related attitudes and practices among targeted communities were collected prior to the implementation of the intervention. This study, “Who Participates in Building Disaster Resilient Communities: A Cluster-Analytic Approach,” by Rachel M. Adams, MPH, and colleagues, identified community disaster resilience behavior patterns and assessed their associations with sociodemographic and social cognitive characteristics. It was published in the January/February 2017 issue of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice.

Who is Disaster Resilient?

Who Participates in Building Disaster Resilient Communities: A Cluster-Analytic Approach
Adams, Rachel M. MPH; Rivard, Helene MPH; Eisenman, David P. MD, MSHS
Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: January/February 2017 – Volume 23 – Issue 1 – p 37–46
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000387


Rachel M. Adams, MPH, is a third-year PhD student in the Community Health Sciences department at the Fielding School of Public Health. Her interests include emergency preparedness, community resilience, health communications and behavioral economics. While working at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, she used the Public Health Response to Emergent Threats Survey to analyze and interpret measures of community disaster resilience across different neighborhoods in the county. She is currently partnering with local health departments in Southern California to help build capacity for implementing evidence-based programs in the field of emergency preparedness and response.

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