The proposed Transdisciplinary Research Consortium for Gulf Resilience on Women's Health (GROWH) builds on strong partnerships among communities with health disparities in the Gulf Coast Region, frontline health practitioners and scientists engaged in transdisciplinary community-based participatory research. In collaboration with NIEHS, the Community Outreach and Dissemination Core anticipates achieving the following overall specific aims:
Specific Aims : 1) Develop tailored, system-driven research translation and dissemination strategies drawing from environmental health, disaster preparedness, social, behavioral, risk communication, and cognitive research. 2) Validate strategies to embed disaster preparedness as community resilience building blocks in vulnerable Gulf Coast communities. 3) Build a stronger local and Gulf Coast regional health network for responding to future disasters, natural or man-made by strengthening the knowledge and skills of health professionals serving pregnant women and women of reproductive age.

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Women of reproductive age living in Louisiana parishes affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and previously Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gustav have increased stressors, are at continuous risk of natural and manmade disasters and have elevated concerns regarding adverse environmental and reproductive health outcomes. The goal of this project is to establish and maintain a Consortium to advance innovative, community-centered transdisciplinary research focusing on the social determinants of health

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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
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Tulane University
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Harville, Emily W; Shankar, Arti; Zilversmit, Leah et al. (2018) The Gulf oil spill, miscarriage, and infertility: the GROWH study. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 91:47-56
Mundorf, Christopher; Shankar, Arti; Moran, Tracy et al. (2018) Reducing the Risk of Postpartum Depression in a Low-Income Community Through a Community Health Worker Intervention. Matern Child Health J 22:520-528
Wickliffe, Jeffrey K; Simon-Friedt, Bridget; Howard, Jessi L et al. (2018) Consumption of Fish and Shrimp from Southeast Louisiana Poses No Unacceptable Lifetime Cancer Risks Attributable to High-Priority Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. Risk Anal 38:1944-1961
Harville, Emily W; Shankar, Arti; Dunkel Schetter, Christine et al. (2018) Cumulative effects of the Gulf oil spill and other disasters on mental health among reproductive-aged women: The Gulf Resilience on Women's Health study. Psychol Trauma 10:533-541
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Jones, Christopher W; Gambala, Cecilia; Esteves, Kyle C et al. (2017) Differences in placental telomere length suggest a link between racial disparities in birth outcomes and cellular aging. Am J Obstet Gynecol 216:294.e1-294.e8
Zilversmit, Leah; Wickliffe, Jeffrey; Shankar, Arti et al. (2017) Correlations of Biomarkers and Self-Reported Seafood Consumption among Pregnant and Non-Pregnant Women in Southeastern Louisiana after the Gulf Oil Spill: The GROWH Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health 14:
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