New York – In the days after Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey, nurses from the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) hit the ground, providing health checks and aid to the hardest hit communities. Since then, NYSNA has deployed medical missions to the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, and to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Since 2012, more than 600 nurses and healthcare professionals have volunteered on a medical mission.

In 2021, the New York Relief Network (NYRN), a new 501(c)(3) organization, was launched to expand the program and the number of volunteers and medical and educational missions. Volunteers travel where healthcare is largely inaccessible — whether responding to natural or man-made disasters. In 2021, NYRN missions delivered care to migrants from Latin America and Haiti in Mexico, helped test and vaccinate people for COVID-19 in Puerto Rico, and trained nurses in a rural hospital in Egypt.

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