November 2017 Spotlight

Team members Carmen Milagros Velez Vega and Colleen Murphy work with Tim Dye and his team to set up a water purification system in a Puerto Rican Community Health Center.
Team members Carmen Milagros Velez Vega and Colleen Murphy work with Tim Dye and his team to set up a water purification system in a Puerto Rican Community Health Center.

PROTECT & CRECE Provide Community Support for Puerto Rico Following Devastation Caused by Hurricanes Irma & Maria

Since Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Puerto Rico in late September, the PROTECT and CRECE Centers have been collaborating with outside groups to ensure the safety and welfare of team members, community health center partners, and members of the surrounding associated communities.

The PROTECT and CRECE teams have research partnerships with four Federally Qualified Community Health Centers (CHCs) in Puerto Rico, in  Morovis, Ciales, Manatí, Camuy.  These and other CHCs are providing support to obtain urgent and necessary supplies and medicine to the communities they serve.  Discussions with collaborators at these CHCs has identified needs that are of highest priority in Puerto Rican communities: drinking water, mosquito repellent, mosquito nets, hand sanitizer, insulin, nebulizers, oxygen, Pedialyte, disposable diapers, baby wipes, and baby food.

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