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9/11 Anniversary: Progress in Preparedness

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In 2001, the United States experienced a great tragedy on 9/11 that called attention to the country’s need to be prepared for disasters and unpredictable events. In 2002 the U.S. Surgeon General  responded by mandating that each county in America recruit, train, and equip a group of local civilian volunteers, known as the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), who stand ready to respond to […]

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Webinar: Mapping the Impact of Humanitarian Assistance

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Join us on Thursday, September 13th at 11 a.m. (PDT) for a webinar presentation on mapping the impact of humanitarian assistance, led by Direct Relief’s Director of Research and Analytics, Dr. Andrew Schroeder. The webinar is co-hosted by esri, the world’s leading producer of GIS software, and Techsoup, a company making cutting-edge software tools available to nonprofit organizations, including Direct Relief, […]

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Patient Care at Community Health Centers Rivals Private Practices, Study Finds

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  The news on quality of care in the U.S. healthcare safety net is surprisingly good, according to a recent study by Dr. Randall Stafford M.D., Ph.D. of Stanford University and colleagues from the University of California, San Francisco. Despite treating significantly more “medically and socially complex patients” than those seen by private providers, community health centers actually provide “better […]

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Update: Isaac Response Continues

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Direct Relief is providing Tetanus and flu vaccines and coordinating recovery efforts with partner nonprofit clinics and health centers in areas of Louisiana and Alabama affected by Hurricane Isaac. The vaccines are provided at the request of St. Charles Community Health Center and EXCELth Family Health Center in Louisiana to protect residents displaced by the storm or engaging in cleanup […]

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September is National Preparedness Month

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Emergency preparedness is a key focus of Direct Relief, and the organization works to equip partners in numerous ways. Based on years of experience responding to large-scale emergencies worldwide, Direct Relief has developed programs that help address the needs of vulnerable communities before a disaster strikes. Direct Relief’s preparedness programs are designed to ensure partner healthcare facilities have the necessary […]

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Zynga and Players of Mafia Wars Help Prepare for Emergencies

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Just in time for National Preparedness Month, which begins September 1st, Direct Relief is partnering with social gaming company, Zynga, to help communities around the world prepare for emergencies. Beginning today, one of Zynga’s most popular games, Mafia Wars, will allow players to get involved in Direct Relief’s preparedness initiatives by featuring a limited edition item for purchase in the […]

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