Special Briefing

Resilience and Renaissance: Efforts to Rebuild a Healthier New Orleans - A Pre-Site Visit Briefing
May 14, 2009


Michele J. Orza, ScD


This briefing provided background on the Louisiana and New Orleans health care systems pre-and post-Hurricane Katrina. It featured ongoing New Orleans-related research by the Kaiser Family Foundation, background on the response by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and a presentation by the director of preparedness and special projects for the City of New Orleans Health Department about her personal and professional experiences of the hurricane and its aftermath.


Evangeline Franklin, MD, MPH, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Special Projects, City of New Orleans; Diane Rowland,ScD, Executive Vice President, Kaiser Family Foundation; Peggy Sparr, Acting Director, Greater New Orleans Health Care Rebuild, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Slides from the presentations by Dr. Rowland and Ms. Sparr are available for download. Unfortunately, the slide set from Dr. Franklin's presentation constitutes a file too large to post on this site; please contact us if you are interested in viewing them.

Biographical sketches for the speakers are also available.

Related Materials

Read the impressions of the site visit participants, along with other details of the site visit, in the Site Visit Report, released October 16, 2009.

See also the Kaiser Family Foundation's "Health Care and Hurricane Katrina" page, and the sites for the City of New Orleans and the City of New Orleans Health Department.

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