Louisiana medical research organization studies hurricane response
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January 26 '07: Researchers at the Louisiana State Medical Society Educational and Research Foundation have received a grant totaling $254,000 from the Physician's Foundation for Health Systems Excellence to conduct a study analyzing state and local emergency evacuation and preparation plans during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Shreveport Times reported.
Rachel Alonzo, the medical educational coordinator for the the Louisiana foundation told the paper the goal of the research was to establish connecting lines of thought about best practices and ways to increase emergency preparedness - to connect the dots to see "what's out there and look at how we can all work together," to mitigate a large disaster.And to help with the research, the Shreveport Times reported that a recent scholarly article published in December in the Southern Medical Journal entitled "Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Case Study of Disaster Recovery," has compiled nearly 200 health care providers in the state and local area who are able to communicate to each other "in short order and self schedule during another disaster," one of the article's authors, Dr. Phillip Rozeman said. Using the resources compiled by Rozeman and his partner Dr. Edward Mayeaux, the Louisiana medical research foundation will have a good platform with which to begin examining local and state resource management and emergency response, the Times reported. "Over the next 18 months, the foundation will review disaster plans, communication channels and volunteer coordination efforts throughout the state related to health care during an emergency," the Times continued.
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