Connecting Displaced Residents with HIV and Primary Care in Texas and Louisiana
People Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
Resources in Texas and Louisiana:
The following website information was prepared by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. For more detailed information about treatment and care for patients with HIV, please visit https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/guidelines.
Additional Resources for Providers:
Rebuilding and Unemployment Assistance for Texas Hurricane Harvey Recovery – Due October 31st
Federal disaster recovery assistance for nonprofits to rebuild and for employees to receive unemployment assistance is available. Local and state jurisdictions and private nonprofit organizations seeking reimbursement for Hurricane Harvey expenses must submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) at TDEMrecovery.email@example.com by 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Visit the Public Assistance Program webpage and click on the “Forms” link to download the RPA form. Visit the Texas Workforce Commission website for information on unemployment assistance.
From the Texas Department of State Health Services: For those who are caring for the evacuees, the Texas DSHS has issued this waiver for Part A’s to provide needed services to evacuees. DSHS will reimburse for services provided to Part B eligible clients.
Another resource for clinicians faced with a patient who may have been exposed to HIV or need immediate advice on HIV/AIDs management is the Clinician Consultation Center. This center provides rapid expert consultation and advice on management of HIV/AIDS, perinatal HIV, pre-exposure prophylaxis, and post-exposure prophylaxis management for HIV and hepatitis B and C. Our clinical consultants are HIV-treatment experienced physicians, clinical pharmacists, nurses, and NPs from the University of California, San Francisco. The CCC has provided more than 250,000 consultations on all aspects of HIV treatment, prevention, care, and exposure management. All you need do is call! Click on the image or here to see phone number listings.
From the Louisiana Department of Health: the following document provides guidelines for those Louisiana providers who are assisting patients under Texas Medicaid. To view, please click here.
Additional Resources for Patients/Clients:
For those who are evacuees and/or displaced, there are numerous resources available. For a listing of local resources, call or click on 2-1-1. These 2-1-1 locations offer information on shelters, disaster relief assistance, and more.
If you are a patient of the Ryan White programs, please fill out the following Hurricane Preparedness Form which lists medications among other things.
For those needing Pharmacy assistance: any Walgreens patients can go into a Walgreens retail store and have the pharmacy pull their profile to assist. The sites listed below, however, specialize in complex and chronic conditions from HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis to Rheumatology and Psoriatic Arthritis.
3826 Cedar Springs Rd.
Dallas, TX 75219
3701 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78705
For those needing food and shelter: In partnership with the City of Houston and the Coalition for the Homeless, AFH staff will serve as Housing Navigators, assisting those displaced with securing stable housing. Navigators will work one-on-one with individuals and guide them through the process from enrollment to lease up. We will begin working with individuals and families currently residing at area shelters, and grow from there.
The Stone Soup Food Pantry, a designated distribution center through the Houston Food Bank, will be accepting the following supplies beginning on Wednesday, September 6th between 10 AM and 1 PM.
- Feminine Products
- Toiletries for men and women
- Cleaning supplies
- Ready-to-eat food
- (Gatorade, Juice Boxes, Crackers, Peanut Butter (creamy), Vienna Sausage, Fruit Cups, Beans and franks, Granola/Cereal bars, Soup, Tuna)
We will also be accepting gift cards to be used for medication refills, as well as gas cards and metro cards for transportation to healthcare providers.
Stone Soup food pantry will distribute food and supplies to clients between 1pm and 5pm (Monday – Friday) beginning on Wednesday, 9/6.
Additional Resources for Providers and Clients (TX and LA):
Download this Emergency preparedness booklet for a list of organizations that can provide assistance to people living with HIV and AIDS in multiple states across the southern United States. The brochure also lists resources for clients that are in need of PReP and HCV treatment.
The Louisiana State Medical Society website also includes information regarding emergency and disaster preparedness, including a checklist for physicians, volunteering, and other resources. Please click here. This site also includes a Healthcare and Disaster Planning document for download.
Texas Department of State Health Services has also included a PDF of resources for managing stress, and even includes resources for children and parents, other caregivers, and schools. Download it here.
HarborPath® has a short-term Hurricane Harvey Medication Relief Program to assist those displaced by the storm and without insurance to receive HIV medication needs. Please click to view the following document for more details: HarborPath® Hurricane Harvey Medication Relief Program
A message from the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC):
“When I woke up and saw the devastation that Hurricane Harvey was wreaking on Texas, my heart began to break. As a New Orleanian, I suspect I know a little about how the people in Houston are feeling today. It doesn’t matter if you walked through the waters to safety or if you managed to stay high and dry, this is a traumatic experience. Your city, the place you call home, is underwater and that impacts you deeply. If possible, do not stay glued to the television. Try to eat three meals a day and drink plenty of water. If there are therapists on the scene, utilize them sooner rather than later. PTSD is real; some of us from New Orleans (of which a fair number remain in Houston) are still suffering 12 years after Hurricane Katrina. Remember that self-care is the best care! Last but not certainly not least, please know your friends at SAC and across the South are here for you.
If there’s anything the SAC family can do to help you, please call us day or night. Our personal contact information is provided below.” — Gina Brown
SAC Community Organizer
New Orleans, LA
SAC Executive Director
SAC Community Organizer
More resources from Organizations:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) —
Public Health Emergency Hurricane Harvey 2017
Emergency Preparedness Resources:
During an emergency, health centers play an important role in delivering critical services and assisting with the local community response. As the effects from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma unfold, the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) is sharing the current guidance that may support your response to the emergency. To view click here.