Posts Tagged California

Responding to the Pfeiffer Fire in Big Sur

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Direct Relief is sending an urgent shipment of medicines and supplies to its health center partner in Salinas, Calif. to help people affected by the Pfeiffer Fire in Big Sur. Though the fire – which burned more than 900 acres and forced about 100 people to evacuate – is now contained, staff at Clinica de Salud de Valle de Salinas […]

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Healthcare Reform and the Changing Landscape of Safety Net Providers

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On the eve of healthcare reform implementation, safety net clinics and health centers treating the most vulnerable people around the country are preparing for changes that could bring increased access to insurance coverage for many of their patients. In review of the largest data set on clinics and health centers, Direct Relief found that health centers collectively treat more than […]

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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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Responding to the Powerhouse Fire in Northern Los Angeles County

Direct Relief has reached out to five of its clinic partners (small yellow markers) near the Powerhouse Fire (large markers).

Direct Relief’s emergency response team is preparing a shipment of fire-related inventory for people suffering from smoke-related symptoms near the massive Powerhouse Fire blazing in northern Los Angeles County. The wildfire, which broke out near Santa Clarita in the Angeles National Forest last Thursday, quickly grew to 45 square miles over the weekend and has forced the evacuations of 1,000 homes. […]

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More than Meals in St. Mary’s Dining Room

A patient receives treatment at the Dr. Virgil Gianellli Medical Clinic. Photo courtesy of St. Mary's Dining Room.

Despite the looming declaration of bankruptcy in their hometown, Direct Relief partner St. Mary’s Dining Room of Stockton, Calif., continues to respond to increasing poverty in San Joaquin County by providing free meals, health care, and other basic needs to people who have lost their home, are without insurance, and have financial burdens. The need for their services is great. Named […]

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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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