Navajo Nation COVID-19 response

Hand washing remains one of the top recommendations for preventing COVID-19 infections, but maintaining good hand-washing hygiene is difficult if you don’t have running water.

An estimated 30-40% of residents of the Navajo Nation do not have running water, and the pandemic has hit the Navajo Nation, which covers a 25,000-square-mile swath of the Four Corners region of the Southwest, with deadly force. As of June 16, there were 6,747 reported cases and 322 deaths in a population of 173,000, the highest known infection rate anywhere in the country, including New York City.

In May, Heart to Heart International delivered personal protective equipment, 2250 hygiene kits and 43 tons of water to organizations serving residents throughout the Navajo Nation.

Two members of the Navajo Nation holding water delivered by Heart to Heart International.

After delivering water to students on the reservation, one school administrator said: “We were able to get some water out to our students from the reservation today. They were very thankful saying they go through a lot of water. We tend to forget how precious water is, don’t we? Thank you for blessing us!”

– Dr. Kristi E. O’Riley, Executive Director, Native American Christian Academy

Another recipient said: “Just got word from the eastern “Faith Site” that as they went out to give water and supplies, many were stating that they hadn’t eaten for 3 days and they were extremely grateful.”

Tim Tsoodle, Director, Navajo Nation Christian Response Team

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Health Care in the Bootheel

Heart to Heart International providing care in the Bootheel of Missouri through Operation Trident.

Rural Americans face significant obstacles in health care access, including geographic isolation, limited job opportunities, and lack of health care providers. In fact, many rural communities are deemed Health Professional Shortage Areas.

To help combat these challenges in the Bootheel of Missouri, HHI has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense and Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation. Through this collaboration, an HHI volunteer medical team, along with military servicemen and women, will provide no-cost medical, dental and optical care to patients who are uninsured, underinsured or in need of quality care.

There are no income guidelines or residency restrictions to receive care. Providers will conduct physical exams and address acute and chronic needs of patients. The HHI medical team began treating patients on June 14, 2019, and will continue working through June 22, 2019.


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HHI Responds to West Virginia Floods

Thank you for supporting the West Virginia flood victims!

At least 25 people are confirmed dead and that toll may still rise. Thousands of people are displaced and even more without clean water in the third deadliest flood on record in West Virginia.

Heart to Heart International is deploying our mobile medical unit to help victims of the devastating floods. We are working with West Virginia Health Right, a free and charitable clinic providing medical and dental services to uninsured, underinsured, and medically underserved low-income people.

MMU Outside View

HHI has provided medical product support to WV Health Right for many years.  Yesterday afternoon, we shipped hygiene kits and sunscreen to the clinic, but now the need is even greater, especially for people unable to travel to a standing clinic for care. Our mobile medical unit allows doctors and nurses to reach and treat patients in great need.

The unit is a self-contained, state of the art, “clinic on wheels”. It’s capable of operating independently for 48-72 hours. The MMU weighs 8 tons and occupies a 20′ x 50′ footprint. The unit contains 3 non-ambulatory exam areas, 2 ambulatory patient care areas, and a mobile diagnostics center, among other features.

Our MMU is available nationwide in the lower 48 states. 


UPDATE:  HHI deployed it’s mobile medical unit (sponsored by the AbbVie Foundation) and partnered with West Virginia Health RightClinic (Charleston, WV) to provide medical support in response to the West Virginia flooding.

The team consisted of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and provided medicines, and medical supplies, including tetanus shots, to more than 175 residents and relief workers.  Heart to Heart also provided essential supplies to those displaced from their homes including 2,500 blankets and 1,500 hygiene kits all provided by Johnson & Johnson.

As is HHI’s policy once the medical infrastructure was up and operational the Mobile Medical unit returned to Kansas City.



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 West Virginia Health Right medical workers pose in front of the MMU.

AbbVie Sponsored MMU

AbbVie Foundation sponsored our Mobile Medical Unit, helping us stay for a week!


WV Health Right workers giving man a shot.

 WV Health Right workers meet with local residents to provided shots & check-ups in the Mobile Medical Unit.