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What you can do to support physicians impacted by California wildfires



October 16, 2017
Area(s) of Interest: Physician Leadership Professional Development & Education 

Devastating wildfires have burned more than 217,000 acres in California, causing more than 75,000 evacuations, at least 40 deaths and over 200 people still reported missing. In response, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Solano CountyNapa, Sonoma and Yuba counties; and Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange counties.

So far, the California Medical Association (CMA) has identified dozens of physician members who have lost their homes or medical practices, and CMA remains in close contact with county medical societies in the impacted counties

Physicians who need – or can provide – shelter, assistance and resources, should contact:

  • SONOMA: Wendy Young, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Medical Society (SCMS), at (707) 236-2589. The SCMS office is closed due to the fire threat, with all staff working remotely.
  • NAPA and SOLANO: Dianne Thompson, Director of the Napa and Solano County Medical Societies at (707) 255-3622. Please help identify impacted physicians/medical practices by sending their name and contact information to exec@ncms.com.

The Sonoma County Medical Association Alliance Foundation (SCMAAF) informed CMA that half of its board members have lost their homes, and they have created a fire relief fund: SCMAA.org/Relief.

The California Medical Association Foundation has also launched a donation portal at phcdocs.org and will work directly with county medical societies to ensure the funds reach those with the most urgent needs.

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