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CRSCAD Newsletter
August 2010


Dear Partners, Friends, and Colleagues,

Adenrele E&D Conference 

I am extremely delighted to state that our recent July 2010 International Conference on Rebuilding Sustainable Communities with the Elderly and Disabled People after Disasters was very successful. It was well attended and all the presentations provided broad and substantial insight into how various countries and communities around the world were identifying and meeting the needs of their vulnerable populations.


I would like to express my profound gratitude to the Center for Public Health Preparedness at Harvard University as well as the University of Massachusetts Boston's University College and the

Gerontology Undergraduate Program (BA and Manning Certificate) for co-sponsoring the event.  Similarly, I am thankful to the United States Department of Homeland Security's

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for providing technical assistance, keynote speakers and panelists for the conference.  In particular, I express thanks to Richard Serino (FEMA's Deputy Administrator), Marcie Roth (the Director of the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination at FEMA), Paul Ford (Acting Regional Administrator, FEMA Region I), W. Russell "Russ" Webster (the Federal Preparedness Coordinator, FEMA Region I) and D. Napoleon (the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment in the Government of India) for actively participating in the conference.



I thank you.

Adenrele Awotona
Founding Director & Professor

Group photos from the July 2010 International Conference on the Elderly and Disabled People After Disasters


Group Day 2 E&DC 
Dear Friends,

TaraI am so happy to have joined the CRSCAD Family. I look forward to meeting and communicating with you all individually as we grow our center.
Please feel free to be in touch with questions, comments, suggestions and invitations to your events involving Rebuilding Communities. There is always more to be done, and we can always strive to reach the highest levels of sustainablility for those who need it most.

Tara DeSisto
Research Assistant               
Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD)

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