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North Country Health Consortium

Medical Reserve Corps

Mission and Vision

The Mission of the Medical Reserve Corps - Northern NH Unit (MRC-NNHU) is to work collaboratively with other responder organizations and health providers to plan for coordinated volunteer response to any public health emergency.  A trained volunteer contingent will support public health and safety professionals and participate in community public health projects when not active in an emergency.

The Vision of the Medical Reserve Corps - Northern NH Unit (MRC-NNHU) is that the organization will be able to contribute significantly to the overall public health improvement initiatives of the North Country Health Consortium and its partner organizations, while preparing to assist health and safety workers in any kind of emergency that may overburden the established response systems in the northern tier of NH.

The Northern NH MRC Unit

The Northern NH MRC is housed in a rural, regional health consortium composed of five Critical Access Hospitals: four community health centers, a community mental health center, two home health care agencies, two nursing homes and a community action program office.  The NNH MRC is governed by the North Country Public Health Network. The MRC's current focus is to engage clinical staff in the program from area facilities, and provide interesting training activities that enhance the health professions workforce.

Join the Northern NH MRC Unit

MRC volunteers offer their expertise throughout the year by supporting local public health initiatives.  In an emergency, MRC volunteers work in coordination with existing local emergency response programs. Would you like to join the Northern NH MRC Unit?

Complete the NNHU-MRC application and send via mail or email to either of the following addresses: 

Click on the following link to access the MRC Volunteer Handbook.

Northern NH Communities Served

Northern NH Unit covers the northern part of the state up to the Canadian Border.  Please note that not all towns are listed even though they are part of the jurisdiction:

New Hampshire- Bath (03740), Berlin (03570), Bethlehem (03574), Bretton Woods (03575), Colebrook (03576), Errol (03579), Franconia (03580), Gorham (03581), Groveton (03582), Haverhill (03765), Jefferson (03583), Lancaster (03584), Lisbon (03585), Littleton (03561), Milan (03588), Monroe (03771), Mount Washington (03589), North Haverhill (03774), North Stratford (03590) Pittsburg (03592), Randolph (03593), Sugar Hill (03586), Twin Mountain (03595), West Stewartstown (03597), Whitefield (03598), Woodsville (03785)

Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Core Competency Trainings

There are six core competency trainings all MRC Volunteers should complete. They are:

Psychological First Aid

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed modular approach for assisting people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism: to reduce initial distress, and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning.

PFA training is available online and includes a 6-hour interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. This professionally-narrated course is for individuals new to disaster response who want to learn the core goals of PFA, as well as for seasoned practitioners who want a review. 

Family Emergency Preparedness

Understand the importance of personal preparedness in the event of an emergency by clicking on the following link for preparedness resources:

History

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, there was an outpouring of support for emergency relief efforts.  Many Americans asked, "What can I do to help?"  Medical and public health professionals wanted to volunteer their services, but many were not able to do so.  While public health and medical volunteers have important skills and knowledge, they could not be used because they were not identified, credentialed or trained in advance.

The anthrax attacks in Fall 2001 reinforced the need for supplemental medical and public health personnel to assist with emergency operations.  The anthrax missions provided medications to almost 40,000 individuals.  If these events were much larger, the Federal responders could have been overwhelmed.

To help meet these needs, the Medical Reserve Corps Program was formed in 2002, in cooperation with the White House's USA Freedom Corps, as one of the charter programs of Citizen Corps.  At the core of MRC is pre-identifying, and training and organizing medical and public health professionals to volunteer in their communities.  MRC volunteers offer their expertise throughout the year by supporting local public health initiatives.  In an emergency, MRC volunteers work in coordination with existing local emergency response programs.

With the MRC in place, a formerly untapped community resource of medical and public health volunteers is functioning and available for the community to access in emergencies and for ongoing efforts in public health.

In 2003, the North Country Health Consortium received funding from the Office of the Surgeon General to begin a Medical Reserve Corps Unit in the North Country.  The Medical Reserve Corps - Northern NH Unit is advised by the Region 5 Northern New Hampshire EMS Council and coordinates with local emergency responder agencies, municipalities, and health care provider agencies.

Northern NH Communities Served

New Hampshire- Bath (03740), Berlin (03570), Bethlehem (03574), Bretton Woods (03575), Colebrook (03576), Errol (03579), Franconia (03580), Gorham (03581), Groveton (03582), Haverhill (03765), Jefferson (03583), Lancaster (03584), Lisbon (03585), Littleton (03561), Milan (03588), Monroe (03771), Mount Washington (03589), North Haverhill (03774), North Stratford (03590) Pittsburg (03592), Randolph (03593), Sugar Hill (03586), Twin Mountain (03595), West Stewartstown (03597), Whitefield (03598), Woodsville (03785)

Northern NH Unit covers the northern part of the state up to the Canadian Border.  Please note that not all towns are listed even though they are part of the jurisdiction.

For more information

Please contact the North Country Preparedness Team: 

NorthCountryPreparedness@NCHCNH.org or call (603)259-3700

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