Student-led Research

The Impact of Disaster Losses on Cardiovascular Disease
Antonio Holmes, McNair Scholar

As natural disasters are becoming more prevalent, the stress correlated with property loss is becoming a concern for individuals’ cardiovascular health. Worsening of the cardiovascular system leads to many heart problems which can total up to cardiovascular disease. Property damage results from a disaster’s severity and the impact varies by person. Damages include but are not limited to the partial or total destruction of your house or car. Families within the same community can have different ratings of property damage depending on the preparation done before the event. During this analysis, property loss will be divided into subcategories to measure which group is having a more significant correlation with hypertension. The categories are no damage, minor damage, mild damage, and major damage. We will look at the change in blood pressure continuously as property loss increases. The two datasets that will be used in this analysis are SHELDUS and REGARDS.


Systemic Racism and Disaster Preparedness in Harlem Park, Baltimore
Nyla Howell, McNair Scholar

This project focuses on the relationship between the history of systematic racism in Harlem
Park, Baltimore, and perceptions of disasters, and disaster preparedness.

The goals for this project are to:

  1. Understand how historic systemic racism procedures, specifically residential segregation, and urban renewal, has influenced perceptions of disasters and disaster preparedness in Harlem Park, Baltimore.
  2. Identify the types of disasters that the Harlem Park community experiences, the community’s ideas for disaster preparedness, and how they would like that to be implemented.
  3. Determine whether and how community conversations and the co-creation of disaster preparedness initiatives can lead to more effective and culturally relevant preparedness programs.