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On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. A “Category 4” storm when it hit the island, Maria was the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in almost a century, and it caused significant, widespread damage. These resources examine various aspects of the ongoing recovery efforts in the U.S. territory, including infrastructure, public health and health care challenges, as well as public opinion on the recovery effort.
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Voices from Puerto Rico: Reflections Two Months After Maria (Report)

Two months after Maria made landfall, Kaiser Family Foundation staff traveled to Puerto Rico. This brief presents findings from focus groups and individual interviews with 40 individuals from 10 different regions on the island affected by the storm.

Voices from Puerto Rico: Reflections Two Months After Maria (Video)

Residents of Puerto Rico discuss their daily lives and their views on recovery efforts two months after Hurricane Maria. In this video, they describe job loss and continuing economic disruption, a lack of basic services such as electricity and a rising toll on the population’s mental and physical health.

Health Centers in Puerto Rico: Operational Status after Hurricane Maria

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s health centers, a critical part of the island’s health care system are working to rebuild; however, recovery remains slow and plagued by many challenges. This interactive map provides a snapshot of the operational status of the 93 health center sites in Puerto Rico.

Americans’ Views of Puerto Rico’s Recovery

The November Kaiser Health Tracking poll finds that 70 percent of the public say people in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria are not yet getting needed help, up from 62 percent in October. Similarly, most of the public (59 percent) says the federal government is not doing enough to restore electricity and access to food and water in Puerto Rico. As with Puerto Rico’s recovery effort, most of the public also reports closely following news about the recovery in the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey.

Public Health in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

This issue brief provides a snapshot of key public health challenges in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. It discusses topics such as mortality, food, water, sanitation, health care infrastructure, and mental health on the island in the wake of the storm.

Puerto Rico

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. A “Category 4” storm when it hit the island, Maria was the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in almost a century, and it caused significant, widespread damage. These resources examine various aspects of the ongoing recovery efforts in…

Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria: The Public’s Knowledge and Views of Its Impact and the Response

The survey gauges the public’s knowledge and views about Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts following the devastating category 4 hurricane that struck Sept. 20. Most Americans say that Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria are not yet getting the help they need, and about half say that the federal government has been too slow to respond and is not doing enough to restore electricity and access to food and water. Republicans are much more likely than Democrats or independents to view the federal response as appropriate.

Puerto Rico: Fast Facts

Puerto Rico: Fast Facts provides a quick snapshot of the island’s demographic, health, and economic characteristics. It also provides some information on federal Medicaid rules, infrastructure, and fiscal challenges ahead.

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