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Chronicles From Out-of-State Professionals: Providing Primary Care to Underserved Children After a Disaster: A National Organization Response

Alan Shapiro; Lynn Seim; Randal C. Christensen; Abhay Dandekar; Michael K. Duffy; David M. Krol; Irwin E. Redlener; Arturo Brito

Title:
Chronicles From Out-of-State Professionals: Providing Primary Care to Underserved Children After a Disaster: A National Organization Response
Author(s):
Shapiro, Alan
Seim, Lynn
Christensen, Randal C.
Dandekar, Abhay
Duffy, Michael K.
Krol, David M.
Redlener, Irwin E.
Brito, Arturo
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department(s):
National Center for Disaster Preparedness
Volume:
117
Persistent URL:
Book/Journal Title:
Pediatrics
Geographic Area:
Louisiana
Mississippi
Abstract:
Hundreds of thousands of lives in the Gulf Coast region were affected by Hurricane Katrina. The Children's Health Fund (CHF) responded rapidly to the needs of children and their families after the hurricane. CHF is a national organization that supports direct health services, education, and advocacy for medically underserved children. Although CHF's principle mission is the provision of extended primary care services for children and adolescents, the organization is capable of mobilizing rapidly in response to acute medical and public health crises. In fact, the CHF has responded to catastrophic events twice before the Gulf Coast storms of 2005. The first was the 1992 deployment of a mobile medical unit (MMU) to South Florida in the immediate aftermath of category 5 Hurricane Andrew. Then, in 2001 after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, New York, the CHF deployed 2 MMUs (fully equipped, self-contained “medical offices on wheels”) to the triage-and-response efforts at ground zero. Thus, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, within days of the storm's landfall, the CHF was able to deploy MMUs to the Biloxi-Gulfport community in Mississippi and a number of shelter sites for displaced persons in Louisiana.
Subject(s):
Emergency management
Disaster relief
Child disaster victims
Medically underserved areas
Hurricane Katrina (2005)
Children's Health Fund
Publisher DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2006-0099N
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Alan Shapiro, Lynn Seim, Randal C. Christensen, Abhay Dandekar, Michael K. Duffy, David M. Krol, Irwin E. Redlener, Arturo Brito, , Chronicles From Out-of-State Professionals: Providing Primary Care to Underserved Children After a Disaster: A National Organization Response, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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