When Hurricane Katrina hit, the damage to New Orleans devastated the city's health care system. Four years after the floods, one of the city's biggest hospitals is still closed. As the Crescent City continues to rebuild, residents are relying heavily on local community clinics. We talk to Karen DeSalvo, vice dean of Community Affairs and Health Policy at the Tulane School of Medicine; and Patricia Berryhill, clinical director of the Lower Ninth Ward Health Clinic.
"25 organizations have opened clinics across the city that are very innovative ... They're taking care of 160,000 low-income people in a very new neighborhood-based way. ... One thing that’s got to be remembered epidemiologically is that a lot of these citizens of New Orleans had only access to emergency room care before the storm."” — Karen DeSalvo, vice dean of Community Affairs and Health Policy at the Tulane School of Medicine