Healthcare Ready celebrates 15 years

Healthcare Ready Celebrates 15 years

Since formally established in 2007, we have responded to over 90 natural disasters and public health emergencies and have dedicated over 20,000 hours towards activation efforts. Healthcare Ready has seen first-hand the substantial impact natural and man-made disasters can have on underserved communities. For the past 15 years, we’ve focused on addressing health disparities experienced by marginalized communities, creating a foundation for a more equitable recovery, and fostering individual and community resilience to avoid the worsening impacts from future disasters.

This year, we’re taking the month of October to highlight the efforts we’ve made towards enhancing community resilience, the events that led up to our improved response capabilities, and those that have contributed to helping build a strong health infrastructure.

We’re proud to highlight Healthcare Ready’s milestones over 15 years of disaster and emergency response perspectives. We are showcasing responses from leaders across the healthcare, public health, and emergency management sector, as they share how Healthcare Ready has evolved to meet the growing needs of communities around the nation. Here’s an overview of the impact we’ve made over the years and those who have been by our side, helping communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

Reflections from our Board of Directors

Healthcare Ready Board Members share their perspectives on the organization’s unique role at the intersection of public health, marginalized communities, and the supply chain sector. They share how Healthcare Ready has worked with partners to address health inequities, how we prioritize our equity-centered approach in partnerships with the healthcare and emergency management sectors, and how we work to strengthen community resilience in areas that need it the most.

Our board members share their perspectives on Healthcare Ready’s evolution over the years to meet the growing demands of equity, resilience, and response in communities throughout the nation.


Come Join Us

The work of Healthcare Ready, a 501 (c)(3) organization, is made possible by the incredible partnerships we’ve established over the past 15 years. As a small nonprofit, we are grateful for these relationships that uniquely position Healthcare Ready to be able to facilitate critical communication between the federal government, local partners, for-profit companies, and healthcare organizations on the ground in communities throughout the US before, during and after a crisis.

With your support, we can do more; especially considering the pervasive structural and systemic inequities that exist in underserved and marginalized communities today. As Healthcare Ready’s executive director, I hope you will consider becoming a member and supporter of Healthcare Ready and help us continue to address these enormous challenges and ensure access to healthcare for all, at all times.

Tom Cotter

Learn more about becoming a member here.

Whether you would like to sponsor an existing project, discuss a new idea, or discuss a partnership opportunity, please reach out to us at


Help Healthcare Ready Mark this Milestone

To help recognize our 15 years of helping communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from a crisis, we hope you will use #15strong on your social media channels and share stories about how Healthcare Ready has helped you or your organization. We are using this hashtag to recognize the existing partnerships that have helped us ensure healthcare and public health needs are met when we need them most and to recognize the contributions and impact that have been made toward advancing equity in communities around the nation.


Here’s a social card that you can use to help spread the word.



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