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

This report provides key findings from interviews with low-income Katrina survivors about their health care experiences after the storm to provide insight into how they fared and to highlight ways to improve the response to this and future disasters. The report also includes several in-depth, individual profiles of survivors’ health care experiences and highlights some specific experiences of individuals with HIV/AIDS.

The report is based on in-person interviews conducted with more than 40 survivors and seven providers serving survivors, which took place in January and February 2006 (five to six months after the storm) in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Houston. Follow-up interviews were conducted in June 2006 (by phone or in-person) with eight survivors.

Full Report (.pdf)

Executive Summary (.pdf)

Survivor Experiences (.pdf)

Individual Survivor Stories:

Gertrude (.pdf)

Mack (.pdf)

Dawn (.pdf)

Linda (.pdf)

Melissa (.pdf)

Michelle (.pdf)

Sharonda (.pdf)

Lynn (.pdf)

Individuals with HIV/AIDS (.pdf)

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