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Natural disaster relief from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma available for DOs

DOs who were victims to the wrath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma can apply for immediate assistance from the Osteopathic Disaster Recovery Fund.


After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Osteopathic Disaster Recovery Fund has been set up to provide financial aid to DO victims of natural disasters.

The American Osteopathic Foundation’s natural disaster relief fund will help DOs who need immediate assistance to restore their medical practices.

The fund will give DOs in federally designated disaster areas the opportunity to secure transitional funding to help re-establish the delivery of care in their communities. Distribution of funds is based off of professional damages only.

“Unfortunately, over the past 10 years we’ve seen an increasing number of natural disasters—from hurricanes, and tornados to floods,” says Stephen S. Downey, the executive director of AOF. “The good news is that we are able to help restore access to care in the hardest-hit areas.”

Funding is limited to individual DO members of the AOA and AOF donors. To donate or apply for funding, visit

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