Katrina Impacts on Vietnamese Americans in New Orleans (KATIVA NOLA)

Lead: Mark VanLandingham, Ph.D.

KATIVA NOLA is a longitudinal study of first-generation Vietnamese-American families who were living in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina. Just weeks before Hurricane Katrina struck in the late summer of 2005, a representative sample of all Vietnamese families living in New Orleans was drawn from a comprehensive and recently-updated population register of Vietnamese families. The study included a wide range of physical and mental health outcomes, measures of socioeconomic status, social ties, acculturation, and past-histories of the families. Three post-Katrina follow up waves were conducted at 1 year, 2-years, and 5 years post-Katrina. Earlier research based on these data has documented the trajectory of recovery within this immigrant enclave in the short-and medium term, including differentials in recovery. The study includes a new wave of data collection for KATIVA NOLA that will help to discern long term trajectories of and differentials in recovery for this cohort as well as for the other two primary data collection projects.

Children in New Orleans East playing traditional Vietnamese instruments.

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Tulane University
Contact: Mark VanLandingham, Ph.D.
Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2210
New Orleans, LA 70112
E-mail: mvanlan@tulane.edu