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Press Release

Health Care Professionals and Relief Personnel Worker Page

September 9, 2005

The Office of The Surgeon General and the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness are in the process of mobilizing and identifying healthcare professionals and relief personnel to assist in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. As our nation and global community is now aware, the healthcare needs resulting from Katrina are critical.

We are currently looking for multidisciplinary healthcare professionals and relief personnel with expertise in the following areas:

  • Administration/Finance Officers

  • Chaplain


  • Clinical Physicians

  • Coroners

  • Dental Forensics

  • Dentists

  • Dieticians

  • EMT

  • Environmental Health

  • Epidemiologists

  • Facility Managers

  • Housekeepers

  • IT/Communications Officers

  • Laboratory Technicians

  • LPNs

  • Medical Clerks

  • Medical Examiners

  • Medical Record/Health Information Managers*

  • Mental Health Workers

  • Morticians

  • Mortuary Assistants

  • Nursing Assistants/Nursing Support Technicians

  • Nursing Staff Directors

  • Paramedics

  • Patient Transporters/Volunteers

  • Pharmacists

  • Psychologists

  • Physician's Assistants or Nurse Practitioners

  • Physician Chiefs of Staff

  • Radiologic Technicians

  • Respiratory Therapists

  • RNs

  • Safety Officers

  • Security Officers

  • Social Workers

  • Substance Abuse Counselors

  • Supply Managers

  • Veterinarians
This category added as of September 9, 2005.

If you are a Healthcare Professional or relief personnel with expertise in the above areas and would like to participate**, please complete this form.

** Please be advised that individuals must be healthy enough to function under field conditions.

This may include all or some of the following:

  • 12 hour shifts

  • Austere conditions (possibly no showers, housing in tents)

  • No air conditioning

  • Long periods of standing

  • Sleep accommodations on bed roll

  • Military ready to eat meals

  • Portable toilets

These workers will be non-paid temporary Federal employees, and will therefore be eligible for coverage under the Federal Tort Claims Act for liability coverage and Workman's Compensation when functioning as HHS employees. Although there will not be any salary, travel and per diem will be paid.

Assignments may last 14 days or longer. It is required that applicants have Hepatitis B and Tetanus/Diphtheria immunizations for this assignment. To volunteer, click here.

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This article was provided by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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