Community HealthCorps Aids in Sandy Relief Efforts

By Miriam Wood, Community HealthCorps Program Coordinator at the Institute for Family Health (IFH)

Our Community HealthCorps Navigators serving through IFH have been involved in Hurricane Sandy Relief in a variety of areas in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Jersey City.  They have cleaned out basements in New Jersey of homes flooded by the hurricane and cleaned the Hudson River Park and Prospect Park of debris, mud and fallen branches.  A Navigator assisted overburdened animal shelters by walking dogs and cleaning cages, and another organized clothing donations in Howard Beach and Ozone Park that collected 20 bags of clothing for residents of Far Rockaway.  To the right is a photo of Navigators at Hudson River Park: Alum Natasha Miller, Deirdre Horvath and Lianne Salcido. Lianne said “Dede, Natasha, and I volunteered with the Department of Parks and Rec down at Hudson River Park today. We worked with other volunteers to clean up debris that were left in the park after it had been submerged under 4 feet of water. We also washed the mud away. The people from parks and rec were really impressed because they were only expecting 10 people, but over 100 volunteers showed up.”

Two of our Navigators assisted with bringing food and water to residents trapped in high-rise apartment buildings in Chinatown and other areas without power.  They went door-to-door checking on tenants to make sure there were no medical emergencies.  One Navigator, Jourdan Carboy, said “The individuals were extremely thankful, as many have not been able to leave since they lost power and were in desperate need of supplies.”

To learn more about how national service members are providing Hurricane Sandy relief services, read the Corporation for National and Community Service’s press release – “Hundreds of National Service Members on the Ground in Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts“.

About Community HealthCorps

Founded in 1995 by the National Association of Community Health Centers, Community HealthCorps is the largest health-focused, national AmeriCorps program that promotes health care for America's underserved, while developing tomorrow's health care workforce. The mission of the Community HealthCorps is to improve health care access and enhance workforce development for community health centers through national service programs. The vision of Community HealthCorps is to become a national service pipeline for careers in community health centers that is improving access to necessary primary and preventative care services for the medically underserved. For the program year 2013-2014, 500 Community HealthCorps Members will serve full-time through nearly 40 partner organizations and three affiliate organizations at more than 300 delivery sites across 17 states, and the District of Columbia. Community HealthCorps Members (through AmeriCorps) perform a variety of activities associated with health services and programs for patients and community, often by functioning as community health workers (CHWs).
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