CRECE & PROTECT 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 CRECE and PROTECT 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 CRECE and PROTECT 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. Dr. Gredia Huerta-Montañez, CRECE pediatrician, has donated significant quantities of these materials to the CHCs.