Earlier this month, we saw some of the worst hurricanes on record in the Continental U.S. Houston, Texas was hit especially hard by Hurricane Harvey. The devastating photos show years of memories diminished into piles of rubble. But an underlying problem grows with each day that passes, when people can't get access to the medications and healthcare they need.
In response, Mass General sent out a team of four nurse practitioners and two pharmacists to Rosenberg, Texas—a low-income town that was badly flooded for weeks after Harvey. They worked with emergency aid nonprofits, Project Hope and Americares to support the San Jose Clinic, a safety-net clinic providing healthcare services to those who struggle the most with accessing care.
"We are just a small part of a huge need but as nurse practitioners and pharmacists, we have the skill sets to respond effectively."Lindsey Martin, NP, Team Leader for the Mass General response.
With Irma following closely after, Mass General also had a MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) of 11 standing by in Georgia, ready to help wherever needed.
These efforts are just a part of Mass General’s founding principle: "When in distress, every man becomes our neighbor," says Louise Ivers, MD, MPH, executive director of the MGH Center for Global Health.
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