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Public-Private Partnerships Prepare California for Emergencies

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Direct Relief’s partnership with the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) is crucial to making sure residents of California have access to the supplies and resources they need in an emergency. The partnership—spotlighted here in the spirit of National Preparedness Month— developed when CalEMA recognized that working across the public and private sector during emergencies is essential to mobilizing resources for people […]

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Norcal Fire Emergency Support Continues

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Direct Relief continues to support Northern California clinic and health center partners following the Ponderosa Fire that threatened communities in Shasta and Tehama counties in August. An emergency shipment of inhalers is being prepared for Shasta Community Health Center in Redding to be distributed to patients suffering from respiratory problems related to the fire and smoke. Shasta Community Health Center […]

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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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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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Responding to Isaac and excessive flooding along Gulf Coast

Hurricane Isaac Threatens New Orleans and the Gulf Coast

The Direct Relief Emergency Response Team has been in continual contact with dozens of partners along the Gulf Coast, monitoring health needs and offering its emergency supply of medicine and medical supplies to the  hurricane and tornado affected areas.   One of Direct Relief’s partners, Dr. Monir Shalaby, Medical Director of EXCELth Primary Health Care in New Orleans, reported that EXCELth is primarily working […]

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