Post-disaster recovery among Vietnamese immigrants in Houston

The project supports a multidisciplinary investigation of the recovery among Vietnamese Americans, a major immigrant group in the Houston area one year after Hurricane Harvey struck the region. We assess the extent of disaster recovery in individual’s health outcomes, including mental health (depression), substance use (cigarettes and alcohol), and health care utilization – outcomes that are likely to be affected by a disaster and often take longer to recover. This knowledge is important for policy decision-making in supporting immigrant communities post-disaster by mobilizing the community’s collective strengths while addressing their special and potentially culturally sensitive needs. Funding comes from the Tulane University’s Carol Lavin Bernick Faculty Grant and the Tulane Japanese Friendship Award.

Leadership Team

Mai Do, MD, DrPH

Group of people working at a table helping Vietnamese Americans after Hutricane Harve 2018

Project partner BPSOS/Houston providing support services to Vietnamese Americans after Hurricane Harvey, 2018. (Credit: BPSOS/Houston)