Health Center News

Creating an Effective and Swift Disaster Response

img_0229-free-medicalThrough out their forty plus history, health centers have proven themselves as able and nimble responders to disasters.  Now in partnership with California-based Direct Relief International, NACHC is is building on a proven strategy that combines the resources and response of Direct Relief, with Community Health Center networks on the ground.  In the aftermath of  Hurricane Katrina, for example, health centers treated more than 19,300 evacuees in Louisiana and 17,870 in Mississippi with help from Direct Relief, which donated medicines, cash and supplies to aid in their efforts.  More recently, in response to the Southern California wildfires, Direct Relief provided over $1.4 million (wholesale) in medical material to more than two dozen clinics and shelters during the evacuation period and another $515,000 in financial assistance to assist clinics recoup financial losses.  You can read more about the NACHC/Direct Relief partnership on their web site.