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Medical News and Perspectives
September 20, 2006

In Post-Katrina New Orleans, Efforts Under Way to Build Better Health Care

JAMA. 2006;296(11):1333-1334. doi:10.1001/jama.296.11.1333

Oddity is not a medical condition that can be treated or cured. But Fred Cerise, MD, says the sheer peculiarity of reassembling health care systems, jobs, and homes a year after Hurricane Katrina pummeled New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf Coast hangs over health professionals in the city like a chronic illness.

“Our biggest challenges have to do with just the oddity of this entire situation, of putting society back together en masse,” said Cerise, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, during an August briefing on the state of New Orleans' health that was sponsored by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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