Social Vulnerability and the Role of Puerto Rico’s Healthcare Workers after Hurricane Maria
Niles, S. and Contreras, S. (2019). Social Vulnerability and the Role of Puerto Rico’s Healthcare Workers after Hurricane Maria. Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado.
The authors used observation data and health worker interviews after Hurricane Maria to understand how the storm impacted health, and how healthcare workers reached those who were most impacted. They describe who was most vulnerable to the health impacts of the storm and extended disruptions to infrastructure after the storm and note that healthcare worker flexibility, local knowledge, and collaboration within affected communities supported successful medical outreach through existing clinics, mobile clinics, and by traveling door-to-door.