University of Colorado at Boulder

Colloquia Event

Friday October 25, 2013. 03:30 pm. GUGG 205

The Gulf Coast Population Impact Project and the SHOREline Program: Children’s Health Research and Youth Empowerment along the U.S. Gulf Coast

Lori Peek

Colorado State University, Department of Sociology and Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis

Abstract: More than three years after the Deepwater Horizon platform exploded and the Macondo well released an estimated 4.9 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf waters, coastal communities continue to grapple with the myriad effects of the spill. This presentation will detail the 2012 findings from the Gulf Coast Population Impact Project, which involved (1) use of secondary data to identify “highly impacted” oiled communities between the Florida panhandle and the western Louisiana border; (2) conduct of a household survey of 1,437 parents in randomly sampled areas among these high-impact communities; and (3) conduct of a community engagement phase in which local leaders, health care providers, school administrators, teachers, parents, and youth were interviewed to develop a deeper understanding of the mechanisms by which young people, families, and communities were affected by the spill. This presentation will also describe a newly developed youth empowerment program—SHOREline—which was created in response to the research findings. SHOREline, which stands for “Skills, Hope, Opportunities, Recovery, and Engagement” is being rolled out this fall in high schools in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Co-sponsored by the Natural Hazards Center and the Children, Youth and Environments Center.

Geography colloquium series was made possible by the generous support from The Beirne Carter Foundation.

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photo courtesy: Lori Peek