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Prepared to Respond to Flooding in the Midwest

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In response to recent flooding in the Midwest – and specifically in Illinois, where today Governor Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency – Direct Relief is in communication with its clinical partner network and is prepared to respond to urgent requests. Through the use of software from technology partner Palantir and flash flood warning zone data from the National Weather Service,  Direct Relief identified […]

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Patient Assistance Programs Still in Demand after Healthcare Reform

The pharmacy at our partner clinic, Thomas Langley Medical Center in Sumterville, Florida.

As healthcare reform continues to be implemented over the next few years, the nonprofit clinics and health centers that make up a key component of our nation’s healthcare safety net are projected to be one of the primary access points for health care for tens of millions of the most vulnerable people. The mission of safety net clinics and health […]

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Volunteers Help Local Women in Need on International Women’s Day

Volunteers smile as they help pack care kits for local women in need.

Dozens of Direct Relief Women volunteers took to the warehouse yesterday to organize 500 personal hygiene kits for homeless women in Santa Barbara County in honor of International Women’s Day, held annually on March 8th to celebrate improvements and accomplishments of women. “The number of women living on the street in Santa Barbara is increasing,” said Direct Relief U.S. Programs Coordinator, […]

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Evaluating Medical Needs After Tornado Hits Hattiesburg, Miss.

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Direct Relief quickly responded to a category F-4 tornado that struck Hattiesburg, Miss. on Feb. 10 by reaching out to its local partner network and connecting with a longtime partner, Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative (SeMRHI), located in the city. Pati Landrum, Director of Corporate Compliance for SeMRHI, reported on the conditions of both the city and their health center sites.  According […]

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Healthy Smiles, Healthy Futures for California Kids in Need

From left, Maria de la Cruz, holds her one-year-old daughter, while Alfredo and his seven-year-old sister stand by at the Healthy Smiles dental clinic.

At 13 years old, Alfredo de la Cruz, had never been to the dentist until Saturday. Alfredo and dozens of other children from Santa Maria, Calif. received free dental care this weekend as part of the Healthy Smiles program, coordinated by Direct Relief in collaboration with a number of other Santa Barbara County organizations supporting the effort. “I’ve seen a […]

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Local Students Pack Emergency Supplies for First Responders

Students from Cate School helped pack 500 MRC "grab and go" backpacks at our warehouse on Tuesday.

More than 30 students from Cate School in Carpinteria, Calif. organized hundreds of Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) packs yesterday at our warehouse as part of their annual Public Service Day. Students filled 500 rugged, specially designed backpacks with emergency medical supplies and equipment to meet a variety of prevalent disaster-related health needs such as infection control, trauma care, diagnostics and personal […]

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