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HHS awards grants for Hurricane Sandy recovery research

October 23, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded $5 million for research to support long-term recovery from last year’s Hurricane Sandy, and said another $3.6 million will be available to support additional research and resources. “We anticipate that the findings not only will help community leaders make evidence-based decisions about recovery plans and policies in affected areas but also that the knowledge gained can improve resilience across the entire country,” said Nicole Lurie, M.D., HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response. Among other goals, the research will assess the hurricane’s impact on health systems and how to strengthen health system preparedness. Grants went to the American College of Emergency Physicians ($444,000); Columbia University ($872,000); New York University School of Medicine ($752,000); RAND Corp. ($657,000); Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine ($681,000); University of Delaware, Newark ($574,000); University of Maryland, Baltimore ($417,000); and University of Pittsburgh ($576,000).