Compounding Effects of Social Vulnerability and Recurring Natural Disasters on Mental and Physical Health
Hahn, M., Van Wyck, R., Lessard, L., and Fried, R. (2021). Compounding Effects of Social Vulnerability and Recurring Natural Disasters on Mental and Physical Health. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. March 24: 1-9..
The authors used census tract level data from 500 U.S. cities to model “self-reported, poor mental and physical health, or a clinical diagnosis of high blood pressure or asthma” in those that had experienced recent or recurring natural disasters from 2001-2015. They controlled for social and environmental risk factors in the study and found that communities that experienced a disaster within 5 years had poorer health outcomes compared to communities that did not.