Psychological and Behavioral Responses in Public Health Workers: A Study of the Florida Department of Health to Multiple Hurricanes

Partnering with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the University of Miami and the Florida Department of Health, Center scientists have been collecting data as part of a multilevel, longitudinal study to understand the impact of the 2004 and 2005 Hurricanes on our nation’s first responders including Florida Department of Health personnel who assumed this role.

In 2010 Center scientists examined community level data and found that communities with lower rates of PTSD and PTSD symptoms were associated with higher rates of collective community efficacy. The implications of these findings, submitted in a qualitative paper, will help target more effective post disaster interventions and public health disaster care.