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Relief Efforts Continue for People Affected by Colorado Flooding

Emergency relief shipments arrive at Salud Family Health Center in Fort Lupton.

With thousands of people still stranded by the largest flooding event in the United States since Hurricane Katrina, Direct Relief’s emergency team continues to provide medical assistance for people in need in Colorado. So far, seven shipments of highly-requested products such as nutritionals, antibiotics, wound care, hand sanitizer, personal hygiene supplies, allergy medicines, and medicines for chronic conditions  have been […]

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Responding to Colorado Flooding

Direct Relief is sending emergency shipments of medicines and supplies to help people in Colorado recover after a week of rains left eight killed, 1,500 homes destroyed, and more than 1,000 people stranded.  Roads have been washed out leaving search-and-rescue teams operating via helicopter. According to the National Guard, the rescue operations are the largest civilian helicopter mission in the […]

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Emergency Preparedness Post-9/11: Equipping Local First Responders

21 Medical Reserve Corps Units in 18 California counties have been equipped with Direct Relief's 'grab-and-go' medical packs.

The tragic events of September 11, 2001 forever changed the way the nation prepares for disasters and unpredictable events. Recognizing the importance of  first-responders in the immediate aftermath of an emergency, the U.S. Surgeon General mandated in 2002 that each county in the U.S. recruit, train, and equip a group of local civilian volunteers, known as the Medical Reserve Corps […]

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Volunteers Organize Care Packs for Neighbors in Need

Nearly 11,000 people in need in Santa Barbara County will soon receive help meeting their basic needs thanks to the hard work of more than 50 volunteers who assembled 3,000 Personal Care Packs at Direct Relief’s warehouse last week. The Personal Care Packs contain hygiene items like lotion, soap, facial cleanser, hairbrushes, combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other assorted toiletries to […]

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Community Outreach Care in Oregon Helps Babies Get a Healthy Start

A mother plays with her baby at one of Siskiyou Community Health Center's meet ups to support new moms and babies. Photo courtesy of Siskiyou Community Health Center. (Baby in picture does not represent baby described in the text.)

For a young family from rural southwest Oregon, the birth of their first daughter was riddled with challenges. The baby was born two months premature and spent her first two months of life in the hospital, located more than 60 miles away from the family’s home. Without resources to travel back and forth between the neonatal unit and their house, […]

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Increasing Access to Specialty Care in Rural Missouri with Telehealth

The Fordland Clinic in Missouri treats 5,000 patients each year. Photo courtesy of Fordland Clinic.

For people living in the rural town of Fordland, Mo., accessing specialty health care from a physician in Kansas City or Columbia means a long drive, time off of work, and lots of gas money. Without ample resources, many choose to go without, sometimes suffering for years with an ongoing health condition. That’s why Fordland Clinic – a member of Direct […]

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