Hurricane Relief Efforts

October 11, 2017

Dear RBHS Colleagues:

Following up on recent communications from RBHS Chancellor Brian Strom and RWJBarnabas President & CEO Barry Ostrowsky concerning hurricane relief efforts, we are writing as directors of global health for our respective organizations to voice our concern for all who have been adversely affected by the devastating weather events this hurricane season has brought.

We are especially worried about our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico, and others throughout the Caribbean, Florida, and Texas. Our hearts go out to those who have family members and loved ones in the impacted regions.

As members of organizations with missions to protect the health and wellbeing of others, many of us are wondering what we can do to help the communities hit by the storms. Prompted by these recent hurricanes, we have established a collaborative informal working group of clinicians involved in humanitarian and emergency response. The purpose is to identify and communicate what the greater Rutgers and RWJBarnabas Health communities are doing, and could be doing, to help in such disasters.

We will continue this working group–supported in partnership by the Rutgers Global Health Institute and the Office of Global Health at RWJBarnabas Health—to develop a practice around appropriate disaster response, as well as helping communities become more resilient in the face of future disasters.

If you are a licensed clinician and would like more information about personally helping in relief efforts, please email Ernani Sadural, MD, at globalhealth@rwjbh.org. Dr. Sadural is compiling a database of clinical volunteers for RBHS and for RWJBarnabas Health. Please note that before planning any time away from campus, you must consult with your department supervisor and follow appropriate guidelines.

We believe that each person can make a difference, and that together, our impact can be even greater. We can channel our concern into making a difference by volunteering, donating, or advocating for an effective humanitarian response. Please join us in solidarity and action.

With warm regards,

Richard Marlink, MD
Director, Rutgers Global Health Institute

Ernani Sadural, MD
Director, Global Health, RWJBarnabas Health