Hurricane Ida further complicates an already difficult public health landscape

The National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI) is deeply saddened by the destruction wrought by Hurricane Ida across the Gulf Coast. Our thoughts are with the thousands of people who have been affected by the storm, as well as the brave first responders whose actions have already saved countless lives.

Ida’s impact on the Gulf Coast complicates an already difficult situation: Not only has the hurricane inflicted tremendous damage on community infrastructure, much needed evacuation efforts also risk accelerating the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant at a time when many providers are stretched thin by the pandemic. Therefore, we encourage our members to support the recovery of Louisiana, Mississippi and the rest of the Gulf Coast.

For those looking to donate, we wish to highlight the American Red Cross, the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, The Greater New Orleans Foundation, Imagine Water Works, Relief Gang, and The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies. For those wishing to volunteer, Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, NOLA Ready and Culture Aid NOLA are looking for both in-person and virtual volunteers to help with relief efforts.

Finally, we send our thanks and prayers to NPHI members in affected areas, many of whom have spearheaded local relief efforts despite suffering significant damage from the storm. Click here to find an NPHI member in your area or call 844-GET-NPHI.

If your property was damaged, and you wish to apply for federal assistance, click here or call 1-800-621-FEMA. For a list of other relevant federal assistance programs that those affected by the storm may be eligible for, please click here.