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Johns Hopkins Team Continues Efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands After Catastrophic Hurricane Season


Damage on the island of St. John in the
U.S. Virgin Islands after hurricanes Irma
and Maria. 

Six months after back-to-back hurricanes slammed the U.S. Virgin Islands, Johns Hopkins continues to assist in recovery efforts.

In collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies, three waves of the Johns Hopkins Go Team, a multidisciplinary response team organized by CEPAR, deployed in the months following hurricanes Irma and Maria to assist with medical needs on the island of St. John. In addition to their hands-on assistance, the team also brought much-needed supplies and medicines to the island. 

Though the Go Team returned to Maryland in late October 2017, the team’s director, Christina Catlett, M.D., continued to travel to the island to provide subject matter expertise and technical assistance. Now in the recovery phase, the ongoing effort is a collaboration between Johns Hopkins Medicine International and Bloomberg Philanthropies to assess the current state of health and health care services after the category 5 hurricanes.

As part of a two-phase assessment, a team from Johns Hopkins, which included Catlett and experts in nursing, facilities and population health, traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands in late January 2018. After a week of formal assessment, the team made initial recommendations for improving health care infrastructure of the islands in terms of health care facility and workforce needs, and how to improve population health and the prehospital emergency medical systems (EMS) infrastructure.

“With federal resources spread as thin as they were this past hurricane season, the collaboration between Johns Hopkins and Bloomberg Philanthropies provides an excellent example of how public and private entities can come together to augment the federal response to disasters during crisis,” says Catlett.

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