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Project LIGHT aims to understand the psychological health impact of Hurricane Sandy in an effort to properly inform current intervention and future emergency preparedness efforts.
Participants from Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Richmond (i.e., Staten Island) Counties are encouraged to participate and are evaluated using several brief self-report questionnaires that query demographics, mental health symptoms, substance use, mental health history, and hurricane exposure. The Project LIGHT team is hoping to include at least 500 male and female participants age 18 and over. Exclusion criteria are non-English/Spanish speaking and cognitive impairment that results in difficulty understanding consent.
Project LIGHT represents the first attempt to investigate the impact of a natural disaster on a geographic region as wide and disparate as that of Long Island and New York City. This research will result in two clear products: a mental health vulnerability profile and a Hurricane Sandy Cohort database that can be utilized for emergency preparedness and planning in case of future natural disasters.