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“Kaleidoscope” is our new disaster management program embedded in technology and artificial intelligence.
Disasters are not new to us. As public health consultants, we have always worked in disaster management.
Our President/CEO, Dr. Andrea P. Lowe, has years of personal and professional public health experience, after being impacted by 3 major hurricanes (Katrina, Isaac, and Ida) and a tornado in 2016 where her resiliency was tested through total devastation.
In May, 2013 in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, after experiencing Hurricane Katrina (2005) and then Hurricane Isaac (2012), Andrea became a project champion for St. John the Baptist Parish Community Recovery Strategy. As a project champion, she worked in a team to expand public and medical transportation (p. 75); increase physical health awareness (p. 77); and create and implement a farmer’s market (p. 79). In 2021, after experiencing her third major hurricane (Ida), she continued to advocate for increased disaster management and rights for all.
Andrea also began a journey with social entrepreneurs in Japan after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that devastated the infrastructure of the country, destroying businesses, homes, railways, roads, and causing more than 15,500 deaths. In addition, three nuclear reactors failed at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
This journey with social entrepreneurs in Japan was made possible by Mio Yamamoto, a change-maker in her community, where she connects a global network of professionals who build capacity and accelerate the impact of their programs through "Cross-Border Learning Journeys" and mentorship. One of the many outcomes of the collaboration, resulted in us presenting the following research at the 2019 American Public Health Association Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
4368.0 Community Designing and Planning: Cross-Border Collaborations by Social Entrepreneurs Utilizing Innovative and Sustainable Strategies in Disaster Management
3298.0 Preventive and Rehabilitative Care in Aging Adults for a Healthier Quality of Life (QOL): Potential for Cross-Border Application
The mission of “Kaleidoscope” is to help prepare our future generations for the next century in the world we live in now. We think about what our world will look like in the next 100 years, so we work hard now to prepare for the next century of leaders. In 2021 and 2022, to strengthen “Kaleidoscope,” we received education and resources from the Louisiana Economic Development “System for Integrated Growth” and the Urban League of Louisiana “Scale Up! Louisiana” business education programs to strengthen our disaster management program.
Are you ready for the future?
Here are some of the ways that our leader, Dr. Andrea P. Lowe, has been preparing over the years…
Health Equity: The State of Communities
A Unified Strategic Vision for Health Education 2025: Implications for APHA-PHEHP to Create a Healthier Nation