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Disaster Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations


Disaster Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations (DPVP) is an innovative interdisciplinary pilot program developed and coordinated by ICCE that involves multidisciplinary faculty and students from Asian American Studies, Engineering, Nursing, Psychology, Raza Studies, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.


Supported by funding from the Bay Area Super Urban Area Security Initiative (SUASI) and launched in September 2007, DPVP is designed to target three of San Francisco's most difficult-to-reach populations: 1) residents living in public housing developments operated by the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA); 2) low-income homebound senior citizens and disabled individuals served by the San Francisco In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority (SFIHSSPA), a non-profit organization publicly funded to match home care workers with the needs of this community; and 3) learners of English as a Second Language.


For more information about this program, as well as a March 2007 study funded by the San Francisco In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority (SFIHSSPA) on the preparedness level of IHSS consumers and their care providers living in San Francisco, download the attached pdfs below.

Acrobat icon Disaster Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations
Acrobat icon Disaster Preparedness among Consumers of In-Home Supportive Services in San Francisco – Year 2
Acrobat icon Impact of Budget Cuts on the Lives of In-Home Support Services Consumers in San Francisco



We are proud to announce that  San Francisco State University's Disaster Preparedness Research program was named a Best Practice by  the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) Research and Regional Stewardship Spotlight on Innovation.

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