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Psychosocial Concerns after Hurricane Harvey Tips for Health Care Providers

Health care providers assume many roles in the midst of natural disasters: caregiver, leader, comforter, and information source. Hurricane Harvey has displaced thousands, destroyed countless homes and property, and claimed numerous lives. Although the hurricane’s strength has dissipated, its aftermath will be felt for considerable time to come. As health care providers mobilize to help, they should be mindful of the losses experienced by the population they will assist. Interviewing with sensitivity is essential, and is the first step in assessing specific needs.