Caring for Children in Times of Crisis: Children's Health Fund Takes the Lead
Children’s Health Fund (CHF) has provided urgently needed medical assistance via its state-of-the-art mobile medical clinics to victims of Hurricane Andrew in Florida in 1992, and at ground zero in New York City after the terror attacks of 9/11.
With the experience gained from working with these communities in crisis, CHF responded to the urgent health and public health needs of the Gulf Coast region that resulted from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by establishing Operation Assist, a collaboration with the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Since September 2005, there have been over 50,000 medical and mental health visits provided in the devastated Gulf Coast Region. CHF is poised to meet the challenges that will persist well into the future of this devastated region.
Additionally, with a formalized process in place for dealing with future disasters, Children's Health Fund can re-active Operation Assist in other areas of the United States (as it did for Hurricane Gustav in Louisiana and Hurricane Ike in Texas in 2008), if called upon to assist during an emergency.