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North Country Health Consortium

Medical Reserve Corps

Medical Reserve Corps

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Would you like to join the Medical Reserve Corps - Northern NH Unit? Click here to apply online!

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 saftey 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 assit health and safety workers in any kind of emergency that may overburden the established response systems in the northern tier of NH.

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 is an evidence-informed1 modular approach to help elderly persons and persons with disabilities in nursing homes, other adults, families, adolescents and children in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. Please click on the link below for additional information:

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/materials/manuals/psych-first-aid.asp

Family Emergency Preparedness

Understand the importance of personal preparedness in the event of an emergency and click on the link below for preparedness resources:

    CCAR Recovery Coach Academy Training 

With generous grant funding from National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO), the North Country Health Consortium and Northern NH Unit Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), partnered with Hope for New Hampshire Recovery, will be providing recovery coach training to increase addiction support services in the North Country.

Open to all local members of the MRC and greater community, this 5-day intensive Recovery Coach Academy training utilizes the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) curriculum and will focus on providing students with the skills to guide, mentor and support anyone who would like to enter into or sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs.

Class dates:
March 25, April 1, 8, 29 (Saturdays), and April 30 (Sunday)

Meeting times: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Instructors: Bernadette Gleeson, Director of Recovery Support Services, Hope for New Hampshire Recovery; Doris Enman, Center Manager, Hope for New Hampshire Recovery Berlin Community Center

To register --> http://bit.ly/RecoveryCoachAcad 

For more information about the program and training, contact Amy Jeroy: ajeroy@nchcnh.org or (603)259-3700 x228

For questions or help with registration, contact Karen Hoyt: khoyt@nchcnh.org or (603)259-3700 x244

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 personal to assit 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 Crops 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, 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 - 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.

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.

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 New Hampshire 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.

Contact Information:

Please contact the North Country Preparedness Team (northcountrypreparedness@nchcnh.org) or call 603-259-3700.

More Information:

 

Preparedness and Response Public Health Advisory Council
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