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Medical Reserve Corps

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In August 2005, the Crawford County General Health District began recruiting RN/LPNs to support local health departments during public health emergencies. This Initiative came about as a result of needing medical volunteers to staff mass dispensing and vaccination clinics within our county should the need arise in response to a disease outbreak or a terrorist act. The goal is to have our volunteers register for our local Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). This will allow for better organization and training of the volunteers. Additionally, this will allow those volunteers who wish to expand their participation beyond supporting the local health departments to do so. Volunteers could be used to support other medical emergencies in the county as requested using MRC guidelines.

Online Training Opportunities

University of Minnesota School of Public Health: http://cpheo.sph.umn.edu/cpheo/umncphp Free online modules are designed for volunteers who may be asked to work at mass dispensing sites or off-site care facilities in the event of an emergency. Online courses include: Mass Dispensing Sites: A Primer for Volunteers and Off-Site Care Facility—An Alternate Care Site: A Primer for Volunteers

Centers for Disease Control Public Health Training Network: http://www2.cdc.gov/phtn/ Free online courses available. To register for continuing education go to:http://www2a.cdc.gov/TCEOnline/ and sign up, then search for courses. Archived online courses include: Mass Antibiotic Dispensing: Taking Care of Business and Pandemic Flu Preparedness: What Every Community Should Know

The George Washington University and the Department of Homeland Security National Nurse Emergency Preparedness Initiative: http://www.nnepi.org/ Free online training or 6.0 CNE’s available for a fee Nurses on the Frontline: Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies and Disasters
(Excellent training)

 

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