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Two Years Later, Health Impacts of Hurricane Harvey Come Into Focus


It’s been just over two years since Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area – dumping up to five feet of rain in some places, and causing unprecedented flooding. 

Tens of thousands of people were displaced, hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed. Now, researchers have gathered at Baylor College of Medicine to share what they’ve learned about the public health impacts of Hurricane Harvey. Melissa Bondy is professor and head of epidemiology and population sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, and she organized the event.


Elsa Partan is a producer for Living Lab Radio. She first came to the station in 2002 as an intern and fell in love with radio. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 2006 to 2009, she covered the state of Wyoming for the NPR member station Wyoming Public Media in Laramie. She was a newspaper reporter at The Mashpee Enterprise from 2010 to 2013. She lives in Falmouth with her husband and two daughters.