Disaster Response Timeline
Children's Health Fund sends a Community Support and Resiliency Unit (CSRU) to Flint, Michigan to offer long-term mental health support for residents affected by the crisis.
Children's Health Fund sends a mobile medical clinic to Flint, Michigan, to help residents cope with the physical effects of toxic lead in the water there.
Superstorm Sandy rampages through the Mid-Atlantic region. Within days, Children’s Health Fund sends mobile medical clinics to help survivors in New York and New Jersey. A clinic remains in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn for two years to address the physical and mental health issues of children and families hardest hit by the destructive storm.
National Commission on Children and Disasters delivers its final report to President Obama and Congress.
In response to needs identified in the Marist Poll survey, Children’s Health Fund sends a mobile clinic to serve families in Plaquemines Parish – an area heavily affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Children’s Health Fund, the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and the Marist Poll release a study: "Impact on Children and Families of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.” Over a third of parents surveyed say their children have experienced physical symptoms or mental health distress as a consequence of the oil spill.
National Commission on Children and Disasters delivers an interim report to President Obama and Congress.
National Commission on Children and Disasters invites Children’s Health Fund to contribute policy, legislative, regulatory and administrative recommendations to its ongoing work.
Dr. Redlener is selected to serve on the newly-formed National Commission on Children and Disasters. The independent bipartisan body conducts the first-ever comprehensive study on children’s needs in emergencies and recommends policies to President Obama and Congress.
CHF and other national organizations hold a press conference to call for action on the humanitarian crisis left by Hurricane Katrina.
Children’s Health Fund and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness launch Operation Assist to help families hit by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast Region. In addition to medical care, Operation Assist has provided much-needed therapy for traumatized children and professional support and training to mental health professionals. Children’s Health Fund continues assisting these families through its New Orleans, Baton Rouge and the Mississippi Gulf projects.
Within hours of the September 11 terror attacks, Children’s Health Fund dispatches two mobile medical units to lower Manhattan, bringing medical supplies, personnel and technical assistance to Ground Zero.
Children’s Health Fund sends mobile medical clinics to Florida to provide care for survivors of Hurricane Andrew. The South Florida Children’s Health Project remains active to this day.