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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: Puerto Rico Makes Strides to Improve the Accuracy of Death Reporting

We are excited to share a special edition of The Hub Speakswhich has been combined with Elevate, a periodic publication of the Public Health Learning Network that discusses issues of concern throughout the national network, and shares information about training, approaches, and resources. Our quarterly publication is part of a partnership with the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT) at NNPHI and several other Hurricane Response Hub partners across the country. 

In this issue of our newsletter, the Puerto Rico Hurricane Response Hub discusses its recent death certificate and disaster-related mortality surveillance training, Isabella Kaser, program associate at NNPHI shares her reflections from her experience at the training in Puerto Rico, and we share interviews with Cristi Cain, a participant in NNPHI’s Strategic Scholars Program, and Dr. Joseph Barbera, who helped lead the Hurricane Response Hub Project ECHO series on Individual and Workforce Resilience: Before, During, and After a Prolonged Hurricane Emergency.

Click here to read the latest 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.

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.