NIMHDfunded study to focus on hurricanerelated psychosocial stressors

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 24 2018Eight new awards will help researchers examine the health impacts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following the physical damage and community-level hardships left by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. The grants are funded by The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of the National Institutes of Health.Research will focus on hurricane-related psychosocial stressors, such as grief, separation from home and loved ones, loss of income, and limited access to medical care, which can result in immediate health impacts. Such stressors may also lead to increased risk for mental or physical conditions or worse outcomes among those with pre-existing chronic health conditions. Territory-level coping strategies and responses may worsen or lessen the impact of these stressors on health outcomes.”This groundwork is crucial to understanding the health care needs of Puerto Ricans affected by this sentinel event, who are more vulnerable because of social factors and chronic health problems,” according to NIMHD Director Dr. Pérez-Stable. “Such investigation will help uncover risk and resilience factors, better preparing these and other communities for possible disasters down the road.”Over the next two years, NIMHD will provide approximately $3 million, subject to available funds, to support exploratory and developmental research projects. Additional awards under this initiative are funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Cancer Institute-also parts of NIH.To determine post-hurricane health impacts, these studies will use an approach that encompasses multiple domains of influence and multiple levels of influence, part of NIMHD’s Research Framework.”These projects will lay a foundation for future research, leading to effective prevention measures and chronic disease management to improve quality of life following natural disasters,” said Dr. Pérez-Stable.Related StoriesNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyThe grantee organizations funded by NIMHD are:Post-Hurricane Cancer Care: Patient Needs After Hurricane MariaEida Maria Castro, Psy.D.Ponce School of Medicine1R21MD013674-01Risk and Resiliency Among Vulnerable People Living With HIV in Post-Hurricane Puerto RicoMichael C. Clatts, Ph.D.University of Puerto Rico – Medical Science Campus1R21MD013657-01Preterm Births and Other Infant Health Outcomes in Puerto Rico Following Hurricanes Irma and MariaJose F. Cordero, M.D.Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust1R21MD013709-01Changes in Risk for Non-Communicable Disease, and Resilience After Hurricane Irma and MariaKaumudi Joshipura, Sc.D.University of Puerto Rico – Medical Science Campus1R21MD013666-01Resilience and Helpseeking in Health and Illness by and for the ElderlyPatria Lopez, Ph.D.University of Puerto Rico – Cayey University CollegeR21MD013701-01Food Access, Social Connectedness, and Allostatic Load After a Natural Disaster: a Mixed Methods StudyJosiemer Mattei, Ph.D.De Diego Research Foundation1R21MD013650-01Epigenetic and Microbial Profiles Related to Hurricane Maria Prenatal StressorsEvangelia Morou-Bermudez, D.D.S., Ph.D.University of Puerto Rico – Medical Science Campus1R21MD013652-01Modeling the Protective Effect of Spirituality in Disaster RecoveryEugene Tull, Dr.PH.Inter-American Center for Public Health Improvement, Inc.1R21MD013692-01 Source: read more

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