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Data Hub Cafecito – Puerto Rico’s Southwest region earthquakes: 2 years later

January 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Photo by Ramón “Tonito” Zayas, El Nuevo Dia

January 12, 2022
2:00pm – 3pm EST
3:00pm – 4pm (Puerto Rico AST)
Virtual Event

Join us for a Data Hub Cafecito- Puerto Rico’s Southwest region earthquakes: 2 years later on Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 at 2 PM EST. Nearly 2 years ago, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Puerto Rico’s southwest region led to major structural damages and paralyzed communities-socially, economically and mentally. Aftershocks continue to this day and the uncertainty of living in a safe home is unknown for many households. Centro’s research director, Jennifer Hinojosa and Community and Public Health Strategist and Co-Founder and Executive Director of Voluntariado de Ingenieros y Profesionales, Jesabel Rivera-Guerra will discuss outcomes, experiences/lessons learn from the field, and strategies to the impacted communities.

Jennifer Hinojosa is a Research Director at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY Hunter College. She holds a Master’s of Science in Geographical Sciences from University of Maryland, College Park and MA in Geography from SUNY Binghamton University. Her role as the data center coordinator is to manage projects related to Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. mainland and to integrate GIS capabilities at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO). As a geographer by training, Ms. Hinojosa’s role in the GIS platform is to integrate Puerto Rico’s social, demographic, and economic data with GIS mapping capabilities to address current and future challenges related to post-Hurricane Maria. She interned at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program in Washington D.C. Her research interests include GIS, socioeconomic disparities, migration, and demography.

Jesabel Rivera-Guerra is a Community and Public Health Strategist. Her passion for community engagement has allowed her to design strategies intended to connect corporate and government objectives with community needs. Rivera-Guerra’s strategic programs have been designed mainly for improving community well-being through collective impact initiatives. Now she uses her skills and experiences to lead a diverse team of engineers, architects, public health professionals, and philanthropists to improve Puerto Rican families’ well-being being impacted by natural hazards.