New Orleans Continuing Health Crisis: Can YOU help?
Two years ago, the levees broke in the beautiful, historic American city, New Orleans. 80% of the city was flooded, close to 2000 died and 1.5 million people were displaced. Many remain displaced to this day. In a previous post, I discussed the continuing health problems that plague the residents of the city. The best way to combat feeling bad about a terrible situation is to take positive action to do something good to correct it. If you are plagued by concerns, anxieties, guilt, shame and despair over the health problems that people in New Orleans face, two years after the levees failed, the good news is, there are lots of things you can do to help, even if you can't go yourself.
The Common Ground and Lower Ninth Ward Health Clinics were established by volunteers to address community health needs through collaborative partnerships. They accept cash donations, volunteers can contribute their time on working vacations, or their website provides a wish-list of basic items they need to provide services. The Lower 9th Clinic also has a wish list. Does anyone have a load of Tyvek suits they can send them? The Lower 9th Clinic was founded by registered nurse Alice Craft-Kerney who lost her home in the flood two years ago. She is now executive director of the clinic, whose mission is to provide health care services for the underserved and underinsured of the 9th ward.
If you are a health care professional - you might want to consider taking a job in New Orleans. The city has lost many of its health care workers, and mental illness has doubled in two years. The city, the region still needs our help. Let's not forget them.
Thank you Nurse Moonie for picture of New Orleans nurse during flood.