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Highlights of current CPSC projects

Community Health Mapping

CPSC is Project Manager for National Library of Medicine initiative to develop low-cost approaches for community-based organizations interested in GIS mapping and data visualization. Click here to view the Community Health mapping blog.


Engaging Indigenous Peoples in Disaster Risk Reduction

According to a 2015 report on the State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, an estimated 370 million indigenous people in some 90 countries worldwide continue to be over-represented among the poorest and most vulnerable segments of society.

CPSC has coordinated initiatives to engage indigenous peoples in disaster risk reduction on behalf of several United Nations agencies.

  • United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction: CPSC organized and chaired the Indigenous session at the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction Global Platform, Geneva, May 2013
  • Pan American Health Organization: CPSC organized and chaired the Pan American Health Organization’s Hemispheric Consultation on Disaster Risk Reduction in Indigenous Communities 2013.
    • Click here to view the report of the Hemispheric Consultation on Engaging Indigenous Peoples in Disaster Risk Reduction
    • View a bibliography prepared of references on the subject, prepared by CPSC.
  • United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: CPSC co-authored a White Paper on Engaging Indigenous Peoples in Disaster Risk Reduction for the 2013 session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. View the White Paper.

  • United Nations Office of the High Commission for Human Rights: CPSC was commissioned by the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to prepare a study on the Promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples in disaster risk reduction, prevention and preparedness initiatives.
    • Click here to view the study.
    • View Agenda Item 5 of the Human Rights Council’s Twenty-seventh session (August 2014).

Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context

CPSC has developed and conducted courses for the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the Medical Library Association on the international context of health and disasters. View the original course content here.

CPSC has updated the course, which will form part of an interactive curriculum that is currently being developed by NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center, in support of their Disaster Information Specialist Program.


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