December 4-5, 2018 – Houma, LA
Scroll down to view videos of presentations and to read the final workshop report.
The National Academies/GoMRI/Sea Grant collaborative workshop series, “Regional priority setting for health, social, and economic disruption from spills,” kicked off December 4 with a two-day event in Houma, Louisiana. Community members gathered to discuss physical, mental, social, economic, cultural, and spiritual impacts from oil spills. Emergency responders explained the existing framework for preparing and responding to oil and chemical spills, researchers revealed their findings about public health impacts, and community representatives also shared their experiences. Participants engaged in multiple breakout groups to discuss local and regional public health and disaster issues.
Chris Hale, Welcome and overview
Mike Sams, Pollution contingency planning and response overview
Richard Kwok, Physical human health impacts from oil spills: Results from the GuLF STUDY, a long-term health study following the Deepwater Horizon disaster
Tim Slack & Katherine Keating, Mental health following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Liesel Ritchie, An overview of social science research on community impacts of marine oil spills
Theresa Dardar, Pointe Au Chien Tribe, our vanishing tribal heritage: Cause, effect, and accountability
Question & answer panel discussion with morning speakers
Scott Hemmerling, Assessing variability in community responses to oil spills in Louisiana
Melissa Finucane, Communicating about environmental health risks: Why science, emotion, and values are important
Panel discussion: Sharing oil spill insights
Get the agenda here. Get the flyer here. To read the pre-workshop report, which goes into detail on the rationale behind the project, click here. Read the report for this workshop here and the summary report for the series here.
Featured photo: Louisiana Sea Grant College Program