In summer 2014 PHAST students returned to the Gulf Coast for the first time since 2009. They were a part of an ongoing 9 year partnership with the University of Mississippi and its Center for Population Studies. Students continued the work that was established with Visions of Hope (VoH). VoH is a community-based organization dedicated to building strong and stable communities through empowerment, educational opportunities, asset development, health care and leadership training.
Four PHAST and four University of Mississippi students interviewed VoH clients and non-clients assessing VoH’s services and the needs of residents that have been challenged, not only from hurricane Katrina, but also the BP oil spill.
The PHAST students were accompanied by faculty and staff from the Office of Public Health Practice and the SPH Office of Global Public Health.