Hurricane Harvey Rapid Health and Environmental Health Study

In this presentation, four Baylor College of Medicine investigators discuss their recent work on the Harvey Rapid Assessment Study. Dr. Melissa Bondy, PhD, Professor of Medicine in the Section of Epidemiology and Population Studies, introduces the presenters and provides background for the study. In September 2017, Hurricane Harvey caused significant flood damage throughout Houston. Dr. Bondy explains the reasoning behind the rapid health assessment as a direct response to the damage caused by hurricane, and provides details on the study’s design.

CME Information

CME Credit Available

You may claim CME credit after watching this activity.

Needs Statement

Faculty and trainees within the Department of Medicine who are involved in the care of patients need to be regularly updated with the recent advances and guidelines in the fields of medicine and quality improvement to increase clinical knowledge. This Grand Rounds series also aims to provide learners with the appropriate skills to implement the advances and guidelines in clinical practice to enhance the quality of patient care and outcomes.


At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss considerations for rapid health assessment during disasters.
  • Summarize preliminary results from a recent disaster epidemiological study.
  • Appraise the emerging significance of disaster medicine and disaster epidemiology.

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Medical Students
  • Fellows
  • Residents
  • Other Health Professionals

Accreditation/Credit Designation

Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor College of Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Program Director

Richard J. Hamill, M.D.
Department of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Term of Approval

November 1, 2019 through November 30, 2021. Original release date: November 1, 2019.

Disclosure Policy

The Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) makes every effort to develop CME activities that are scientifically based, accurate, current, and objectively presented. In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Standards for Commercial SupportSM, Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) has implemented a mechanism requiring everyone in a position to control the content of an educational activity (e.g., directors, planning committee members, contributors, peer reviewers) to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests (drug/device companies) and manage/resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. Individuals must disclose to participants the existence or non-existence of financial relationships: 1) at the time of the activity or within 12 months prior; and 2) of their spouses/partners.

Baylor College of Medicine does not view the existence of interests or relationships with commercial entities as implying bias or decreasing the value of a presentation. It is up to the participants to determine whether the interests or relationships influence the presenter with regard to exposition or conclusions.

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The following individual(s) has/have reported financial or other relationship(s) with commercial entities whose products/services may relate to the educational content of this activity:


  1. Melissa Bondy, Ph.D.

    Melissa Bondy, Ph.D.

    Baylor College of Medicine


    Nothing to disclose.

  2. Cristian Coarfa, Ph.D.

    Cristian Coarfa, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    Baylor College of Medicine


    Nothing to disclose.

  3. Kristi Hoffman, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Kristi Hoffman, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Project Manager
    Baylor College of Medicine


    Nothing to disclose.

  4. Abiodun Oluyomi, Ph.D., M.S.

    Abiodun Oluyomi, Ph.D., M.S.

    Assistant Professor
    Baylor College of Medicine


    Nothing to disclose.