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Weathering the Storm — Understanding the Mental Health Impact of Hurricane Sandy

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015


Hussain Yusuf, MD, MPH
Extramural Research Program Office
Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Emanuela Taioli MD PhD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York

Charon Gwynn, PhD
Deputy Commissioner
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
New York City


Hurricane Sandy was an unprecedented natural disaster that resulted in deaths, injuries, and other disaster-related health effects. A substantial number of people exposed to the storm experienced mental health problems to include, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and serious psychological distress. Research conducted by Project LIGHT, a collaborative effort between Mount Sinai, North Shore-LIJ and the Nassau County Department of Human Services, and the New York City Health Department examined mental health effects of the storm and identified subgroups of individuals who were most vulnerable to the hurricane mental health effects. The research was conducted through the application of multiple methodologies including the collection of survey data from residents of affected areas as well as analysis of Emergency Department data. During the COCA Call, participants will learn about a natural disaster related epidemiologic studies focusing on mental health issues. Participants will also hear about the implications of these findings on disaster preparedness and response activities and how clinicians can help address mental health among those impacted by disasters.


  • Discuss the vulnerability factors to mental health issues after Hurricane Sandy
  • Describe how administrative data from Emergency Department can be utilized for public health purposes
  • Describe the groups who were most at risk for mental health issues after the storm
  • Describe how local disaster preparedness and response activities can address the mental health needs of residents who are impacted by disasters

Call Materials

Additional Resources

Call Format

  • Audio conference call on 9/17/15: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Web-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 9/17/15
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

Continuing Education

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Health Educators
  • Other Clinicians


Additional Information

  • Contact
  • Support/Funding:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Risk Communications Branch
  • Method of Participation:You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.
  • Fees:COCA continuing education credits are free.

Accreditation Statements

CME:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Non-physicians will receive a certificate of participation.

CNE:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 1.0 contact hour.

CEU:The CDC has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. The CDC is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 ANSI/IACET CEU's for this program.

CECH:Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to total 1 Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 1.0. CDC provider number GA0082.

CPE: Image of acpe logo.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program is a designated event for pharmacists to receive 1.0 Contact Hour in pharmacy education. The Universal Activity Number is 0387-0000-15-155-L04-P and enduring 0387-0000-15-155-H04-P course category.

This program is knowledge based.

AAVSB/RACE:This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 1.2 hours of continuing education in the jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval. Please contact the AAVSB RACE Program at if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

DISCLOSURE:In compliance with continuing education requirements, CDC, our planners, our presenters, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

The presentation will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC does not accept commercial support.