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ECHORN Hurricane Relief Fund

Click here to donate to the ECHORN Hurricane Relief Fund.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria (2017) have devastated the Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin/St. Maarten, Barbuda, Dominica, and many others. Beyond the immediate need for life sustaining supplies, the local health and well-being infrastructures will require long-term support to rebuild and resume the care of millions of Caribbean people.

To aid in the rebuilding effort, The ECHORN (Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network) Hurricane Relief Fund and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven are raising funds to help local, Caribbean nonprofit organizations meet the health and well-being needs of their communities. Organizations could use funds to replace destroyed or lost medical supplies, coordinate outreach to rebuild client databases, upgrade facilities to solar power or other renewable energy sources, physically relocate to a new space, or rebuild other vital resources that were lost after the storm.

These nonprofit organizations and many more like them will need a great deal of support to meet the needs of their local citizens. ECHORN is committed to these communities over the long term to help restore the necessary health and social services infrastructure for the well-being of all who live there.

Please click here in order to make a secure, online credit card donation to The ECHORN Hurricane Relief Fund. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. No funds will be used to support ECHORN or CFGNH personnel or research activities.


The Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) at Yale University has two overarching goals. The first goal is to develop and disseminate evidence-based models to narrow health and healthcare inequity gaps. The second goal is to provide research support infrastructure for Yale faculty and affiliated community-based organizations. ERIC is at the forefront of action-oriented health disparities research with direct implications for improving health and healthcare outcomes for historically vulnerable populations both domestic and global. 

In addition to facilitating a multipronged research agenda, ERIC serves as an important resource for physician-scientists across the Yale School of Medicine through support of their efforts to conduct research which successfully includes vulnerable and diverse populations, allowing a range of researchers to perform more socially and culturally representative research while enhancing their success in a competitive funding climate. 

ERIC builds upon the local, national, and global experience & expertise of Dr. Nunez-Smith and a team of over fifty dedicated faculty and staff across numerous institutions and portfolio projects.