The promotion of resilience as a communication challenge

Rich, white towns are getting more hurricane recovery help than others

Epic Flooding Inundates Houston After Hurricane Harvey
HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 30: Flooded homes are shown near Lake Houston following Hurricane Harvey August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Small, rich, white towns in southeast Texas are getting a disproportionate amount in federal disaster recovery funds following Hurricane Harvey compared to neighboring communities that are poorer and have a larger minority population, according to a new report by City Lab.

The report pointed out the very affluent and very white community of Taylor Landing, a small town of just 228 residents, which received $1.3 million in funds to help its 22 hurricane affected residents. That comes to about $60,000 per affected resident.

Meanwhile, just 15 miles east, Port Arthur received just $84 in federal funding per person. Out of 54,000 residents — more than a third of whom are black — almost everyone was impacted by Harvey, and the city had a high poverty rate. It received $4.1 million in the same set of federal funds, to be distributed among 50,000 affected people….


The promotion of resilience as a communication challenge

The promotion of resilience thus plays a central role in the prevention of mental diseases since measures take an effect at the earliest point in time, i.e. before the threshold to a mental disorder is crossed – unlike approaches focusing on fighting against risk factors.

This should not only help to decrease prevalence rates and the disease burden and increase the quality of life but also to reduce the expenses and shortcomings in health care. However, the promotion of resilience must by no means start solely at the level of the individual as a person’s mental power of resistance is mainly based on a stable network of relationships within the living and…

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