Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the devastating earthquake in Mexico have caused catastrophic damage to both regions and has put lives in danger. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by the worst storm in 50 years to hit Puerto Rico and one of the hardest earthquakes to strike Mexico. As an organization based on helping the Hispanic community, we ask that our members look at some of the following ways to help the victims of these tragedies. We at the NHMA feel that supporting the families, physicians and healthcare systems in Mexico and Puerto Rico is crucial during this difficult time. NHMA is exploring options for physicians in the mainland US to volunteer in Puerto Rico and/or Mexico. If you have information that can help with this effort, please let us know either by emailing Imani Cabassa atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling us at 202-629-5895. 

Puerto Rico Medical Mission Relief Effort

Providers who are interested in supporting medical missions to support Puerto Rico, please click here 


Regarding physician volunteer efforts in Puerto Rico, please contact Project HOPE and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health:

Partners-Pacheco and Lugo Law Firm.  Dr. Jose Joaquin Vargas-heading and coordinating the medical relief efforts by the Puerto Rican government; Attorney Fernando Alarcon, Special Assistant to the President of the Puerto Rican Senate of Puerto Rico regarding Public Health and Governmental Issues (solve issues regarding ability to practice medicine in Puerto Rico without a Puerto Rico license and issues regarding medical malpractice and liability; they have a protocol); 

Goals: bring medical support to the center of the island of Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra. These are areas that have not been serviced adequately and in many cases not at all. Need every doctor and nurse interested in volunteering to email the following information to me at as soon as possible: Their full legal name, dates they can volunteer between October 14-24, 2017, date of birth, gender, NPI number, and a copy of their medical license. Dr. Vargas estimates he will be needing volunteers for the next three to four months, however, the assistance is most urgently needed NOW and our trip will depart on JetBlue, our sponsor airlines, from JFK NYC airport on October 14, 2017. Medical personnel fly free with us during these dates only. The government will provide ground transportation and accommodations once the medical personnel arrives. We will process the credentials of each doctor volunteer and send me a written letter from the Puerto Rico government, which I will provide to each doctor on or before the departure trip on October 14, 2017.  

All types of doctors are needed. Bilingual Spanish/English doctors are preferred, but translators are available for non-Spanish speaking doctors. Surgeons with specialties are almost non-existent and needed as well. Please bring supplies and portable medical equipment as there is not electricity in the center of the island and keep in mind generators may be used. You will not be charged for luggage. Please inform them that this trip will be documented by VICE with the hopes of promoting awareness of the severity of the crisis and gaining support for the victims who need medical attention and the islands which need rebuilding. We believe this will be a win win for both your organization and the relief and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank"> If you need to contact me, please call me at 7874002337 or email me. We hope to hear a positive response from you as soon as tomorrow. I am available 24 hours a day every day.

Project Hope:

Project HOPE to send doctors to the island. Deployment would last 10-14 days with the objective of reaching patients on remote areas.

Please send me an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank"> with your name, specialty, state license, ALS certification(s), availability, current location, phone, email, municipality ties in PR, if any, and whether you speak Spanish.

Puerto Rican Doctor Relief Fund:

List pairing a doctor in US with a town in Puerto Rico. I will pair the doctor in US with one in Puerto Rico. This would be a quick reference in case someone in the group wants to help a specific region in the island and to have that info readily available for the members of this group.The "quick list" will NOT include personal information. This file is to be used as a reference to look for that specific town and the person that is already working and join efforts. You could send that person a private message and discuss how to collaborate. I want to assure EVERYONE that I would NOT make public your personal information. I will only publish the quick list with names and towns. Feel free to send me a private message or an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Service program created by physicians and volunteers in Miami, Florida. Our mission is to ensure that medical patients in the battered island of Puerto Rico can  receive the care they need amid the devastation brought about by Hurricane Maria. We collect medication, supplies and medical equipment, and deliver it via charter airplane directly to a local physician who  personally arranges delivery throughout the island to doctors and hospitals in need.

Puerto Rico Academy of Family Physicians

Caparra Hts Sta, PO Box 11989 
San Juan, PR 00922-1989

Phone: (787)790-4735
Fax: (787)790-4735
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 Doctoras Boricuas
Dalian Caraballo---family physician based in Miami, FL--- founder "Doctoras Boricuas" getting together to help Puerto Rico & the Virgin Islands after the catastrophic damages caused by hurricane Maria. In just a few short days, our group has grown to include over 1,500 physician volunteers. Collecting donations. 100% of the donations will go to relief efforts for those impacted by the hurricane. We will ensure that all donations are used  for providing supplies and medications directly to the families in need. We are working directly with the Baton Rouge Emergency Aid Coalition, a registered 501c3 that was developed to provide disaster relief. This hurricane season, the BREAC has provided relief in Texas, Florida, and is now organizing efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Our group includes physicians in PR that will inform us of the specific needs of each area. Funds will then be used to help with medications and medical supplies that are most desperately needed. All medications that are shipped out of the continental US will be sent from one of our doctors directly to a doctor that is part of our group  in different locations within PR. This ensures proper handing off of items and allows you to feel confident that your donation truly achieves the intended purpose. 



Governor Cuomo has engaged the Partnership for New York City, the city’s leading business organization, to establish the Puerto Rico Relief & Rebuilding Fund at New York Community Trust. The public foundation will make grants to local charitable organizations in Puerto Rico that are helping with recovery and rebuilding from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, focusing on the neediest households and communities.  Funds and in-kind contributions are being solicited from the business community, with a minimum donation of $10,000.

Individual and corporate contributions can be made online by visiting

You can make a donation to:



You can support the men, women, and children of Puerto Rico by volunteering at, or contributing to, one of the following organizations:

In addition, at the request of Governor Rosselló, Governor Cuomo encourages donations to United for Puerto Rico: Together Changing Paths, a 501(c)3 organization, operating under the guidance of the First Lady of Puerto Rico Beatriz Rosselló. 


Drop Off Supplies


Across the state, New Yorkers are encouraged to drop off goods for donation at the below listed drop-off locations. Please only donate the following items: Batteries, flashlights, portable lanterns, diapers, baby wipes, cases of water and feminine hygiene products . All items must be completely unopened and packaged. Thank you for your generosity.

In addition, the United Federation of Teachers is collecting school supplies for classrooms in Puerto Rico at these sites, open everyday from 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Capital Region

Empire State Plaza Main Concourse

Central New York

Senator John J. Hughes State Office Building
333 E. Washington Street

Finger Lakes

State Police Zone Station
1155 Scottsville Road, Suite 400

Long Island

Perry B. Duryea State Office Building
250 Veterans Memorial Highway

Mid-Hudson Valley

Yonkers Armory
2 Quincy Place

Mohawk Valley

Utica State Office Building
207 Genesee Street

New York City
Jacob K. Javits Center
655 W. 34th Street
New York
Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building
55 Hanson Place
Jamaica Street Armory
93-05 168th Street

Roberto Clemente State Park
301 West Tremont Ave


Please watch and share this important video on how to send medical supplies directly to Island hospitals in and organized and effective way in collaboration with a team that has already had successful shipment and distribution.

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American Air Relief

Coordinating the airlift of supplies from the continental US to Puerto Rico


+1 (203) 451-0411
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+1 (787) 360-4751
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  • In Puerto Rico, UNICEF USA is focused on getting hygiene kits to 60,000 people right now, which will provide them with a kit containing basic, essential supplies such as water purification tablets, a water bucket with lid, water containers, soap, toothpaste, detergent and sanitary pads.


  • In Mexico, is providing emergency relief to victims from the two earthquakes, providing safe water, hygiene support and safe places for children.


  • In Texas, we are providing support to Hurricane Harvey victims to help children go back to school, have access to education in child-friendly spaces, and offering psychosocial support for children who have suffered significant trauma. We are also helping migrant and refugee communities gain access to medical care from local Houston based organizations.


  • In the Caribbean, we are responding to Irma and Maria, by providing hygiene kits, purification tablets, clean water, as well as psychosocial support to affected children and their families, and helping to restore education through the rehabilitation of schools and the establishment of child-friendly centers.



Mexico Relief Efforts:



The United States-Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non profit, and sister organization of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce (USMCOC), has established an account to receive donations to support the victims of recent natural disasters, and the recovery process in the areas where the USMCOC has presence. These areas are:

Houston, TX

Affected by Hurricane Harvey

August 25-29, 2017

Miami, FL

Affected by Hurricane Irma

September 10, 2017

Mexico City & Puebla, Puebla

Affected by earthquakes in Mexico

September 19, 2017


Donations will be forwarded to the Red Cross in the U.S. and Cruz Roja in Mexico.


If you would like to make a contribution, please send a check payable to:



211 Mandalay Canal

Irving, TX 75039

If you wish to make a wire transfer or use a credit card, please contact us directly at 469-567-0923.


Donations are tax deductible.


The Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C. provided the following information on earthquake relief efforts in various regions in Mexico:
1. Online donations to the Red Cross in Mexico
2. Everything but money Select "Fuerza México. Donar y ayudar nos une"
3. To support the reconstruction stage, the trust “FUERZA MEXICO” has been created by business leaders to help those that lost their houses in Mexico City, Puebla, Morelos, Chiapas and Oaxaca.
To make an international transfer:
Number Account Mexican Pesos: 012180001109759075
Number Account USD: 012180001109759156
Bank: BBVA Bancomer
Branch: 0095
Address: Av. Paseo de la Reforma N. 510 Col. Juárez, CP 06600
4. Project Paz, a New York City-based nonprofit, is raising funds specifically for earthquake relief.


1920 L St., NW, Suite 725
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-628-5895
Fax: 202-628-5898