Early on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, Hurricane Maria, a powerful Category 4 storm with sustained 155 mph winds, made direct landfall on a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico, causing billions of dollars of damage to homes and infrastructure, shutting down the electrical grid, and leaving millions of people without power, shelter, food, water, or essential medical care.
Puerto Rico’s 21 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and affiliated health centers (93 total sites) provide care for 10% of the island’s population - 352,000 medically underserved patients. The FQHCs provide essential primary and community care services for a patient segment that is 97% at or below 200% of the federal poverty line.
Given the significant damage to Puerto Rico’s national infrastructure and power supply, the FQHCs affiliated primary care provider networks have urgent need for power, medical supplies, communications, and telemedicine support to conduct emergency medical response, mapping and logistical support in coordination with disaster response operations across Puerto Rico.
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