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Florida Hurricane Response Hub

Building disaster-related public health capacity to enhance environmental and occupational health recovery efforts in Florida.

“Strengthening and building the capacity of this workforce means, in response to future disasters, we act quickly, efficiently and collectively. Our communities are able to recover with support and are stronger as a result.”
Roderick K. King
MD, MPH, Assistant Dean of Public Health Education at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and CEO of the Florida Institute for Health Innovation

Enhancing Florida’s Ongoing Disaster-Related Health Recovery through Training and Technical Assistance.

In the wake of the 2017 Hurricanes, many of the hurricane-affected jurisdictions still need assistance to ensure disaster-related environmental and occupational health practices are applied to recovery efforts.

The Hurricane Response Hub (HRH) initiative is a coordinated effort among federal, state, and local public health organizations to facilitate training, technical assistance, and information sharing to enhance ongoing environmental and occupational health recovery in jurisdictions affected by the 2017 hurricanes.

Through the HRH effort, professionals engaged in hurricane and disaster-related health recovery will have access to quality training and technical assistance through a network of five technical assistance centers representing the regions most affected by the 2017 hurricanes.

The Florida Hurricane Response Hub (HRH) is working with a range of state and regional partners to lead public health workforce capacity building activities in disaster-related surveillance, environmental, and occupational health needs, including:

  • Fulfilling technical assistance requests.
  • Providing resources and educational materials.
  • Training the workforce in disaster-related environmental and occupational health recovery needs.
  • Addressing surveillance for morbidity and mortality from disaster-related environmental and occupational health exposures.
  • Improving the capacity of public health information sharing on disaster-related environmental and occupational health issues.

Hurricane Response Hub (HRH) Initiative

HRH is a collaborative effort between the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training at NNPHI, public health institutes, public health training centers, and range of other partners, focused on enhancing environmental and occupational health recovery efforts of jurisdictions impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

The HRH effort is leveraging the experience, capacity, and resources of NNPHI’s vast network, to identify environmental and occupational health recovery needs and help address those needs through providing training and technical assistance, addressing surveillance for morbidity and mortality, and improving the capacity of public health information sharing.

Newsletter

The Hub Speaks: Public Health’s Resource for Hurricane Response and Recovery

We are excited to share the first issue of The Hub Speaks, a quarterly publication that is part of our partnership with the National Coordinating Center for Public Health at NNPHI and several other partners across the country. This inaugural newsletter includes articles about the lingering effects of the 2017 hurricanes, details about the Hurricane Response Hub (HRH) technical assistance centers, and links to training related to hurricane-related health recovery.

Click here to read the first issue of The Hub Speaks, and be sure to sign up for the HRH email list to get the next issue delivered directly to your inbox.

Regional Technical Assistance Centers

Florida Institute for Health Innovation.

Georgia Hurricane Response Hub: The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

Louisiana Hurricane Response Hub (LA-HRH): Louisiana Public Health Institute.

HRHTAC Texas: Texas Health Institute.

Funding

Funding for this project has been provided to the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC – NU1ROT000004-01-00). NNPHI is collaborating with the Florida Institute for Health Innovation and the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health on this project.

Contact Us

Individuals and organizations leading or supporting disaster-related recovery based in 2017 Hurricane impacted jurisdictions can learn more and access training and technical assistance by submitting a request or by contacting us at HRH@flhealthinnovation.org

More Info Coming Soon!

  • Project overview.
  • List of services and trainings.
  • Trainings and resources by other HRH technical assistance centers (when made available).
  • Quarterly Newsletters and a Resource Toolkit.
Submit a Technical Assistance Request

The Hurricane Response Hub is committed to providing customized technical assistance to individuals, organizations, and agencies recovering from the effects of 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The goal is to enhance existing disaster-related morbidity and mortality surveillance, environmental health, and occupational health recovery initiatives through workforce capacity building activities such as providing training, resources, and educational tools.

To request technical assistance from one of the Hurricane Response Hub Technical Assistance Centers (HRHTAC), please click on the button below. A representative from an HRHTAC will contact you within 2 business days.

The following is a menu of technical assistance services and topics that the Hurricane Response Hub Technical Assistance Centers can provide their jurisdiction:

  • Email discussions.
  • Phone consultations.
  • Facilitating connections to people, organizations, or resources.
  • Training and educational opportunities.
  • Disaster-related morbidity and mortality surveillance tools and training
  • Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) toolkit.
  • Disaster epidemiology methods.
  • Environmental health: air safety, water safety, vector control, mold, chemical hazards, carbon monoxide, etc.
  • Occupational health: responder safety, trauma and wellness support, protective equipment, electrical safety, clean-up procedures, etc.
  • Communicating about environmental and occupational health hazards.

Join the HRH Mailing List

Join the Hurricane Response Hub mailing list to connect with the work of the Hurricane Response Hub Technical Assistance Centers.

Send Us an Email

If you need additional information or have questions, feel free to contact the HRH team at HRH@flhealthinnovation.org.