New Report: Health affects of Katrina Two Years Later

Posted by on September 15, 2008

Report Examines Health Care Access for Mississippi Residents Displaced by Hurricane Katrina

“Access to Care Among Displaced Mississippi Residents in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Travel Trailer Parks Two Years After Katrina,” Health Affairs: The Web exclusive by Lynn Lawry, a senior health stability and humanitarian assistance specialist with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, and colleagues provides an in-depth look at Mississippi residents who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and who still live in trailers provided by the FEMA. According to the report, such “internally displaced persons” have high and worsening rates of depression and other chronic diseases, but they do not have adequate access to health insurance or medical care.

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