September 12, 2017

AOF’s new fund helps restore osteopathic medical care to hurricane ravaged communities.

CHICAGO (September 2017) – The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) announces the Osteopathic Disaster Recovery Fund; offering financial aid to osteopathic physicians who are victims of natural disasters and need immediate assistance to restore their medical practice.

After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma left a wake of destruction in Texas and Florida, the AOF is doing what it can to offer help to DOs whose patients and communities need care the most. 

Given the urgency of the situation, the AOF is providing an opportunity for the osteopathic profession to aid those in need right now. The Osteopathic Disaster Recovery Fund (ODRF) is intended to reestablish the delivery of patient-care in federally designated disaster areas. 

The ODRF provides DOs hit hardest by these hurricanes, the opportunity to secure transitional funding to help reestablish the delivery of care.  The distribution of funds is based on professional damages only, not personal goods. 

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

The fund is limited to individual DO members of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and donors of the AOF. Donations are now being accepted and can be made by visiting  Physicians looking to apply for funding may also visit the link for the full application. 


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About the American Osteopathic Foundation

Since 1949, the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) has served as the philanthropic heart of the osteopathic medical profession. The AOF supports programs and services that promote osteopathic medicine and enhance patient-centered care.  Contributions to the AOF benefit thousands of osteopathic medical professionals through grants, awards and scholarships to students, physicians and programs.  For more information, please visit or  contact: Stephen Downey, at 312.202.8230 /