Following major disasters, the existing public health infrastructure is often fragmented or completely destroyed, as was evident following the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In an effort to address this fragmentation, and based on previous experience working with the United Nations Children’s Fund, the U.S. Agency for International Development, Louisiana Department of Education, and Texas A&M Health Science Center developed and implemented what is known as the Mercy Model. The Mercy Model is a method or set of precepts describing the facilitation, organization, and leadership of systems following a disaster. At its most basic level, the Mercy Model represents a public health leadership approach. This paradigm is characterized by a collaborative style, attitude, and set of knowledge that guides efforts to create international and domestic teams that facilitate biopsychosocial recovery programs.
Date Added: 05/06/09