Health Care One Year After Hurricane Katrina


Health Care One Year After Hurricane Katrina

Extended interviews with survivors and a related film, “Voices of the Storm: Health Care After Katrina,” are available below. August 29, 2006, marks the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s catastrophic landfall. The Kaiser Family Foundation continues its commitment to help respond to the devastation from Hurricane Katrina with new resources about the health care impact of Katrina’s aftermath.

At a forum held on August 8, the Foundation released new data from a national survey of the American public on the response to Hurricane Katrina, a new report profiling survivors’ health care experiences and the short film “Voices of the Storm.” The event included a panel discussion with key policymakers and medical professionals working on the health impacts of the storm.

Survey: The Public’s Views on the Response to Hurricane Katrina


icon_video_audio.gifVideo: Voices of the Storm: Health Care After Katrina (from March 2006)

Report: Voices of the Storm: Health Care Experiences of Low-Income Katrina Survivors

Excerpts: Survivor Experiences

  • Gertrude, 39 years old, developmentally disabled woman living in a hotel (.pdf)
  • Mack, 72 years old, single man living alone in a rented room in New Orleans (.pdf)
  • Dawn, mid-50s, living with multiple health problems in Baton Rouge (.pdf) ( icon_video_audio.gifSee Extended Interview)
  • Linda, late 40s, caring for her 12-year-old disabled grandson in Baton Rouge (.pdf) ( icon_video_audio.gifSee Extended Interview)
  • Melissa, 45 years old, single mother with two sons living in a trailer in New Orleans (.pdf)
  • Michelle, 37 years old, living in a hotel room under construction in New Orleans (.pdf) ( icon_video_audio.gifSee Extended Interview)
  • Sharonda, pregnant mother living with family in a rented house in Baton Rouge (.pdf)
  • Lynn, 61 years old, caring for her elderly mother suffering from Alzheimer’s in New Orleans (.pdf)
  • Individuals with HIV/AIDS (.pdf)
  • Susan, late 50s living with HIV/AIDS in a nursing home. (.pdf) ( icon_video_audio.gifSee Extended Interview)

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