Emergency Response

NYC Ryan-NENA Health Center Gives Health & Hope After Sandy

Ryan-NENA Executive Director, Kathy Gruber, discusses the health center's efforts to provide health care for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

While most of the Lower East Side of Manhattan was plunged into darkness last week after Hurricane Sandy, the William F. Ryan – NENA Community Health Center remained a beacon of light, providing hope and stability for their patients in the surrounding community. “They’ve been life savers; they help me so much with everything. If I’m ever in a crisis, […]

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How Big Data Analysis Guides Hurricane Sandy Response

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As the response to Hurricane Sandy enters its fifth day, Direct Relief helps safety net healthcare centers get back on their feet in part through big data analysis of a range of relevant, dynamic data sources. Our team understands that accurate and effective public health emergency response demands deep understanding of the context and the details of chaotic situations. The […]

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Direct Relief Increases Commitment to Sandy Relief to $1 Million Cash

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$25 million in medical material also available; FedEx makes initial deliveries  of nutritional products for nonprofit health center patients in NYC SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Nov. 3 – Direct Relief has increased its financial commitment of cash to $1 million from its original $250,000 after receiving financial contributions totaling more than $500,000 for Hurricane Sandy over the past 48 hours. The […]

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Hurricane Sandy: Urgent Supplies Bound for East Coast Clinics in Need

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Direct Relief is operating at full speed this morning to process urgent requests from partner clinics affected by Hurricane Sandy who are treating patients in need on the East Coast. Last night, 50 cases of Abbott nutritional supplements such as Zone bars and Pediasure were sent to William F. Ryan Community Health Center, which operates a network of clinics in New […]

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Hurricane Sandy: NYC Pharmacy Access Update

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Based on data imported from the RxResponse Pharmacy Status tool, conditions appear to have improved for most of the New York City area by Friday morning. However, serious problems with pharmacy service availability (as reported earlier by Direct Relief)—most likely related to power outages and flooding—remain persistent throughout lower Manhattan. Blue squares in the map above represent pharmacy locations known […]

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Hurricane Sandy: Things to Know About Diabetes and Disasters

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the impact of loss of power and flooding on hospitals and critical care facilities leads the headlines, but the loss of medicines and medical supplies needed to manage chronic diseases—like diabetes or high blood pressure—is less obvious. With the start of National Diabetes Month coinciding with Hurricane Sandy, this is a good time to […]

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