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Quinn, S. C. (2005) HURRICANE KATRINA: A SOCIAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER. American Journal of Public Health, 96 (2). p. 204. ISSN 0090-0036

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Hurricane Katrina made it evident that natural disasters occur in the same social, historical, and political environment in which disparities in health already exist. The hurricane was only the disaster agent; what created the magnitude of the disaster was the underlying vulnerability of the affected communities. In New Orleans, where 69% of the population is African American and 23% live below the poverty line, thousands of African Americans were stranded after the evacuation order. The risks from the heat, floodwaters, and other factors, combined with existing social disparities in health, contributed to an exacerbation of chronic health conditions, and distrust of government agencies.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: disparities in health, African American, chronic health conditions, distrust of government agencies.
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Health > Public Health
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Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2011 22:40
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2011 22:40
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/2691

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