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Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans

Edward Trapido, Sc.D., F.A.C.E.

Project Description

Many residents of the communities in southeast Louisiana coastal parishes have been affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and its clean up, but only the immediate affects have been documented. We propose to answer questions about the mid- and long-term effects: physical, behavioral, social, and economic. We recognize that oil, seafood, fish, and tourism are important issues to residents, as is the health of their families and children. Therefore, the LSU School of Public Health-New Orleans will launch a longitudinal study of women and children in the affected parishes to look at the effects of the disaster, with an emphasis on exposure to the spill, changes in diet, and social influences with physical, mental, and behavioral outcomes.

We will enroll 4,000 women in seven parishes affected by the oil spill (Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, Lafourche, Terrebonne, and St. Mary's) and 2,000 children. Besides physical and mental health effects, we are interested in how the oil spill affects the enrollees in terms of their family interactions and connections in the community. We are also looking at changes in eating seafood, pregnancy issues, and resiliency, in an area that has suffered other natural and man-made disasters. For the research, we are partnering with renowned researchers from the Columbia University National Center for Disaster Preparedness, who have studied the effects of Hurricane Katrina on many of the same parishes.  

Community Partner

  • Southeast Louisiana Community Coalition

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