Health Center News

Iowa Flooding Impacts Area Health Centers

The recent flooding throughout parts of the Midwest has NACHC teaming up with international aid organization Direct Relief International (DRI) to assess the host of medical provisions health centers in the area will need to help their communities recover from the disaster. According to DRI, parts of Illinois and Missouri are being threatened as floodwaters elevate the Mississippi River to dangerous levels. Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin have all declared disasters in areas affected by the flooding, which has displaced thousands of people. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Linn Community Care has reported extensive water and sewage in their facility, and is moving their services to a Women’s Center. Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa reports that it has been occupying a temporary facility in Columbus Junction as part of their plan to get a New Access Point up and running. That facility, which planned to operate Medical, Dental, and Pharmacy services, is almost submerged. The health center staff are trying to get a mobile van in place at the high school in Columbus Junction to provide temporary access for at least 90 days.  Needed resources include infection control and personal hygiene kits, and back-up supplies for mobile medical and dental vans. Operation USA has also been alerted to the situation and is ready to help with cash grants, supplies, and pharmaceuticals as concrete needs are articulated. It has been less than a year since NACHC recognized DRI for assisting Community Health Centers and their patients in the wake of Hurricane Katrina with resources amounting to more than $30 million.