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 Hurricanes and MCH Response

​August 31, 2017

Recent hurricanes have delivered an unprecedented challenge to health workers in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Puerto Rico, including the staff, leaders, agencies and organizations devoted to protecting maternal and child health (MCH). As governmental public health professionals, we understand disasters like Harvey have long-term impacts on mothers, fathers, infants, children, and entire families.

"AMCHP urges everyone in the MCH field to pause to appreciate the work of their public health colleagues in Harvey's path, and to re-dedicate themselves to being prepared for emergencies that arise from natural disasters," said Lori Tremmel Freeman, CEO of AMCHP.

AMCHP will closely monitor areas impacted by the hurricanes to determine how we might help in their recovery efforts. AMCHP has bundled these key resources for MCH emergency preparedness and response, including reports, toolkits, and presentations.


Special edition of Pulse: Emergency Preparedness and Response

Innovation Station emerging best practices:
Reproductive Health Assessment After Disaster Toolkit
Medical Emergency Preparedness Pediatrics

Webinar: Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources for MCH Populations

Report: State Emergency Planning and Preparedness Recommendations for Maternal and Child Health Populations

Other Resources

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

U.S. Health and Human Services: Hurricane Harvey Updates

American Academy of Pediatrics:
Disasters Preparedness Kit
Taking Care of Yourself during Disasters: Info for Parents
Promoting Adjustment and Helping Children Cope
Journal articles: Disaster Preparedness in Neonatal Intensive Care Units and Ensuring the Health of Children in Disasters
Infographic: Preparing Your Child for Disasters

Federal Emergency Management Agency: Children and Disasters

U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Disaster Distress Helpline

Map of open and closed pharmacies: Healthcare Ready

Pediatrics Environmental Health Specialty Units: Children's Health in the Aftermath of Floods