Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico. We have been in contact with Interim Dean Dharma Vazquez, University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Public Health, before the storm and throughout the beginning of the recovery process. Currently the school is assessing their immediate needs and trying to connect with students. It has been difficult to deliver aid to the island, and they are especially in need of water and medical supplies. If you are able, please consider donating to Global Giving, UNICEF USA, or United for Puerto Rico.
Many of our members are involved in the Hurricane Maria response. Below is a list of activities. Please also view ASPPH Member Response to Hurricane Harvey and ASPPH Member response to Hurricane Irma. We will provide updates as they become available.
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia Mailman School of Public Health will have tabling starting next week through 11/2 for letter-writing to Congressional representatives about the Jones Act and a federal relief package to Puerto Rico. A fundraiser event is also being planned for late October.
A student group is also compiling a list of organizations to donate to for Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Mexico.
Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions
The department of environmental and global health in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions is partnering with the university’s counseling and wellness center to collect supplies and non-perishable foods. The groups are working with United for Puerto Rico to air drop the supplies in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
University of Michigan School of Public Health
The University of Michigan School of Public Health is supporting public health PhD candidate Mr. Amilcar Matos-Moreno, who is working with a group of Puerto Rican students, staff and alumni to lead a campus-wide supply drive to help those affected by Hurricane Maria. The School of Public Health is promoting the drive through its communication channels, serving as a donation drop-off location and collected donated supplies at a school-wide event on Thursday, October 5.
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
University of South Florida College of Public Health