Help Your California Colleagues Rebuild From Disastrous Fires
By David Doolittle


 If you want to help physicians in California who have been devastated by the ongoing wildfires, the California Medical Association (CMA) and its charitable arm, Physicians for a Healthy California, are taking donations through a recently created webpage.


The death toll for the fires, which are burning in southern, central, and northern California, had grown to at least 77 Monday, with more than 900 missing, according to news reports. They have destroyed thousands of homes, structures, and medical practices.

"The full impact of the wildfires' destruction is yet to be seen, but the physician community needs our help," CMA President David H. Aizuss, MD, said in a statement. "Physicians provide an invaluable service to their patients and neighbors so when they're displaced or their medical practices are destroyed, it creates a negative ripple effect throughout the entire community.”

One hundred percent of donations will directly support relief efforts, officials said.

CMA and California physicians were among the major donors in 2017 to the Texas Medical Association’s Disaster Relief Program, which raised more than $1 million to help physicians affected by Hurricane Harvey rebuild.

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Last Updated On

November 19, 2018

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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