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March 19 Event: Health Care in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: A Six-Month Check-Up After the Storms

Six months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria battered Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the U.S. territories continue to struggle with crippled infrastructure, faltering economies and an exodus of their populations to the continental U.S. At 9:30 a.m. ET on Monday, March 19, the Kaiser Family Foundation will hold a public briefing to examine the status of the recovery on the islands, with a focus on how their health care systems are doing and the likely impact of new Medicaid and disaster relief funding approved by Congress earlier this year.

Diane Rowland, the Executive Vice President of KFF, will moderate the event. The territories’ delegates to Congress, Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón (Puerto Rico) and Rep. Stacey Plaskett (U.S. Virgin Islands), will provide remarks. Barbara Lyons and Samantha Artiga of KFF will share insights and a video from our recent fact-finding visit to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Speakers include:

  • Joshua Barnes, Acting Director of Recovery, Office of Emergency Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Rafael Rodríguez-Mercado, M.D., Secretary of Health for Puerto Rico
  • Ivonne Rivera-Hernández, Executive Director of HealthproMed, a community health center in Puerto Rico
  • Bernard A. Wheatley, D.B.A., Chief Executive Officer of the Schneider Regional Medical Center, U.S. Virgin Islands


Barbara Jordan Conference Center
Kaiser Family Foundation
1330 G Street NW, Washington DC
(one block west of Metro Center)

Event Date

Mar 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Registration and breakfast at 9:00 a.m.)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Headquarters: 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025 | Phone 650-854-9400
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