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Suggested Citation:"B--Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2015. Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Community Resilience and Health: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21691.
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Statement of Task

The Gulf Research Program proposes to convene three information-gathering workshops to identify opportunities in three focus areas: (a) environmental monitoring, (b) education and training, and (c) human health in the Gulf Region. Each workshop is intended to be an in-depth discussion with selected stakeholders where participants will explore (per area) what activities are currently being done, what plans exist, and what short- and long-term opportunities might suit the Gulf Research Program. The workshops are not intended to be series of presentations but rather be forums to discuss perceived needs and potential opportunities. In general the workshops will provide opportunities to:

  1. Discuss the purpose of the workshop, context, and definition of terms;
  2. Discuss the perceived gaps between what is being done (in the workshop focus area) or is planned, perceived needs, and opportunities that might be addressed by the Gulf Research Program, especially in areas of that might benefit most from the long time horizon.

Individually authored workshop summaries of the presentations and discussions at the workshops will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional policies and procedures.

Suggested Citation:"B--Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2015. Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Community Resilience and Health: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21691.
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There are many connections between human communities and their surrounding environments that influence community resilience and health in the Gulf of Mexico. The impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Gulf communities and ecosystems - coupled with the region's preexisting health challenges and environmental stressors - illustrate the need to better understand these connections. In the future, natural and man-made disasters, climate change impacts, and other environmental stressors will present complex challenges to the physical, mental, and social well-being of communities in the Gulf. Understanding the interrelationships among health, ecological, and economic impacts of disasters and other environmental stressors will be crucial to addressing these challenges.

Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Community Resilience and Health summarizes a Gulf Research Program workshop held on September 22-23, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The workshop examined opportunities to improve the health, well-being, and resilience of communities in the Gulf region through discussions with about 50 participants with diverse expertise and experience. These discussions identified perceived needs, challenges, and opportunities that align with the Gulf Research Program's mission and goals - particularly its goal to improve understanding of the connections between human health and the environment to support the development of health and resilient Gulf communities. This workshop is expected to lead to the development of additional Program activities and opportunities for the research community.

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