Dr Linda Whiteford
Professor and Chair
Department of Anthropology
Dr Whiteford is currently combining her interests in vector- and water-borne diseases with modelling the impacts of evacuation strategies and chronic hazards, particularly those associated with ongoing ash fall from volcanic activity, on human health and community resilience. For the past four years, she has been working with Dr. Graham A. Tobin in Ecuador. She is an applied medical anthropologist who is actively involved in teaching, research and consulting. Dr. Whiteford received her doctorate in anthropology and masters in public health degrees from the Universities of Wisconsin and Texas, respectively. Her MPH training was in both Epidemiology and International Health; her doctoral research focused on economic decisions and reproductive choices among migrant farm workers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Since then she has conducted research in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Bolivia through grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Center for Disaster Mitigation and Humanitarian Assistance, and as a consultant for the US Agency for International Development, and the World Bank. Dr. Whiteford has published widely on various health issues; her most recent book (with Lenore Manderson) is: Global Health Policy, Local Realities: The Fallacy of the Level Playing Field, published by Lynn Rienner Press. Dr. Whiteford's early research focused on maternal and child health, but more recently she has worked on infectious/communicable diseases such as cholera, dengue fever, and diarrhea, and on healthcare systems, policy and analysis. Dr. Linda Whiteford is President of the Society for Applied Anthropology.
Whiteford, L.M., Tobin, G.A., Laspina, C. and Yepes, H. (2002) In the Shadow of the Volcano: Human Health and Community Resilience Following Forced Evacuation. Technical Report: The Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. pp. 548.
Whiteford, L.M., Tobin, G.A., Laspina, C. and Yepes, H. (2002) A la Sombra del Volcán: Salud Humana y Capacidad de Recuperación Comunitaria Después de una Evacuación Forzosa. Community Report: Ecuadorian Government Officials and Community Leaders in Ecuador. pp. 16.
Whiteford, L.M.,Tobin, G.A., Laspina, C. and Yepes, H. 2002. In the Shadow of the Volcano: Human Health and Community Resilience Following Forced Evacuation. Community Report: Ecuadorian Government Officials and Community Leaders in Ecuador. pp. 17.
Tobin, G.A. and Whiteford, L.M. (2002) Economic Ramifications of Disaster: Experiences of Displaced Persons on the Slopes of Mount Tungurahua, Ecuador. Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences. 25: 316-324.
Tobin, G.A. and Whiteford, L.M. (2002) ‘Community Resilience and Volcano Hazard: The Eruption of Tungurahua and Evacuation of the Faldas in Ecuador’,Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management, 26(1), 28-48.
Tobin, G.A., Whiteford, L.M. and Connor, C.B. (2002) Modeling Volcanic Ash Dispersion and its Impact on Human Health and Community Resilience. Technical Report: Globalization Research Center, University of South Florida. pp. 48.
Tobin, G.A. and Whiteford, L.M. (2002) Percepciones de Reisgo y Condiciones de Salud. Technical Report: Ecuadorian Government Officials and Community Leaders in Ecuador. pp. 13.
Tobin, G.A. and Whiteford, L.M. (2001) ‘Children's Health Characteristics Under Different Evacuation Strategies: The Eruption of Mount Tungurahua, Ecuador’,Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences, 24, 183-191.
Tobin, G.A. and Whiteford, L.M. (2001) The Role of Women in Post-Disaster Environments: Health and Community Sustainability. Technical Report: The Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. pp. 968.
Download our pamphlets on preparing for ashfall and on the health hazards of ash. They are designed for mass distribution at the onset of new eruptions. They are now avaiable in English, Japanese, French Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili, Indonesian and Icelandic with Italian versions being available shortly. Please see our Pamphlets page for further infomation.
FACE MASK USE
IVHHN has an article under the Guidelines tab which used to be called 'Recommended Face Masks'. This has now been updated to 'Information on face masks' and is an interim page whilst the Health Interventions in Volcanic Eruptions project investigates which types of respiratory protection are effective in protecting the general population from volcanic ash inhalation. Please note that the translations in Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese have not yet been updated.