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Featured Articles
Partnerships Allow Albuquerque-UNM MRC to Reach Nearly One Million at 2013 International Balloon Fiesta
New Mexico MRC Booth at the International Balloon Fiesta

In October, the Albuquerque-University of New Mexico (UNM) MRC unit received a free booth at the 2013 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. More than 850,000 domestic and international travelers attended this nine-day event, and fifteen MRC volunteers donated 62 hours across fourteen shifts. The Albuquerque-UNM MRC was the only recipient of a no-cost booth at this year's event. Event organizers select one volunteer service organization each year to receive a free booth, and this year chose the MRC following a recommendation from a volunteer from a partner organization who nominated them.  Read More

MRC/NACCHO Connections
Learn More about the MRC Network in the Upcoming "Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps" Report
Did you know that 28 percent of unit leaders were part of an MRC unit before becoming a unit leader? Learn more about the characteristics of the MRC Network in the upcoming "Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps" report, scheduled for release in March 2014.  Read More
Announcements
NACCHO to Create New Mobile Application for the MRC
NACCHO is excited to announce the development of a mobile application for MRC unit leaders and volunteers to use for event management! NACCHO is working with Rallyware, a start-up company that has created online platforms to engage networks similar to the MRC. The new mobile application, scheduled to launch in Summer 2014, will offer an event tracking and management system, and will allow MRC unit leaders to connect with other unit leaders. Read More
American Academy of Pediatrics Preparedness Resource Kit
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in partnership with CDC, recently released the "Pediatric Preparedness Resource Kit, Inspired by the H1N1 Pandemic: Strengthening Pediatric and Public Health Partnerships." MRC units can reference the kit to learn more about children's preparedness needs, and for more information about partnering with your state AAP chapter. Read More
New Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance System Training Available
The Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) System: Leadership Training (IS-930) is now available. The ERHMS training offers guidelines for protecting emergency responders over a range of emergency types and settings. Read More
Share Your Story from the Field
NACCHO is pleased to announce the launch of the new Stories from the Field website. This website provides a means for local health departments to share their experiences and demonstrate the value of public health. Several featured stories from the field demonstrate how the MRC continues to benefit local health departments and showcase innovative roles for the MRC. Read More
In This Issue

Partnerships Allow Albuquerque-UNM MRC to Reach Nearly One Million at 2013 International Balloon Fiesta

Learn More about the MRC Network in the Upcoming "Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps" Report

NACCHO to Create New Mobile Application for the MRC

American Academy of Pediatrics Preparedness Resource Kit

New Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance System Training Available

Share Your Story from the Field

Unit Recognition
The Central Texas MRC's psychological intervention team was honored with a statewide award for their behavioral health outreach after the West, TX explosion in April 2013. 
Featured Article
In this article from EMSWorld, Andy Roszak, NACCHO’s Senior Director for Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness and Catastrophic Response, shares how local health departments can work more closely with their local Emergency Management Services, and the role of MRCs in reaching vulnerable populations.
Upcoming Events
December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month
National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 8 - 14
Illuminating the Path: The Critical Role Federal Agencies Play in Creating Safe, Walkable Communities Webinar: Monday, Dec. 9, 2PM EST
Affordable Care Act: Local Approaches to Outreach and Enrollment Webinar, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2PM EST
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