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Featured Article
Lessons Learned from the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services' Preparedness Month Flu Clinic

On Sept. 26, 2013, the Springfield (MA) Department of Health and Human Services, with assistance from the Springfield MRC, hosted a free flu vaccination clinic in conjunction with National Preparedness Month. The flu vaccination clinic emphasized the importance of staying healthy as part of being prepared and is a component of the overall readiness protocol for emergencies. Representatives from the health department reached out to the local African-American population to improve typically low flu vaccination rates. To increase turnout for the flu clinic, the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services leveraged their relationships with local community-based organizations—barber shops, schools, senior centers, restaurants, farmers’ markets, and convenience stores—who generated excitement for the event. Read More

MRC/NACCHO Connections
First Look at the New Web and Mobile-Based Application for the MRC
Application profile design
NACCHO is working with Rallyware, a company that has created online platforms to engage decentralized networks similar to the MRC, to develop a new resource. The new online platform is an optional resource to help MRC unit leaders manage important event details, share information about your unit, and track previous events and achievements. This web and mobile-based application will also connect users with other unit leaders, volunteers, and partners throughout the national MRC network. Read More
Announcements
Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps Illustrates the MRC Network, Identifies Challenges
Did you know that 84 percent of MRC units have a volunteer training plan? Find out more about the national MRC Network in the upcoming “Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps” report, scheduled for release in March 2014. The Network Profile also allowed NACCHO to understand where MRC units need additional assistance when carrying out their local missions. Read More
Demonstrate the Value of the MRC to Local Health Departments
Are you looking to partner with your local health department? The new NACCHO University is home to an online module that illustrates the value and role of MRC volunteers within local health departments. Demonstrate the value of the MRC to local health departments using this learning module, as well as NACCHO's issue brief and policy statement.  Read More
Mobilization for Health: National Prevention Partnership Awards Grant Opportunity
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health has announced the "Mobilization for Health: National Prevention Partnership Awards" grant program. This program is designed to promote and accelerate partnerships and collaborations to improve health and wellness; educate and train health workers and the public; and establish communications programs for all community populations.  Read More
Nominate Your Health Activist Hero
Recognize a great health leader in your community and nominate them for a WEGO Health Activist award!  Read More
In This Issue

Lessons Learned from the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services' Preparedness Month Flu Clinic

First Look at the New Web and Mobile-Based Application for the MRC

Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps Illustrates the MRC Network, Identifies Challenges

Demonstrate the Value of the MRC to Local Health Departments

Mobilization for Health: National Prevention Partnership Awards Grant Opportunity

Nominate Your Health Activist Hero

Unit Recognition
Putnam County (NY) MRC volunteers were recognized for their work in supporting Putnam County's existing emergency response infrastructure and in expanding health services to residents. 
Unit Leader Recognition
Romeatrius Moss, who established the Mississippi Gulf Coast MRC, won the annual Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award for her extraordinary patient care, sacrifice, and service to others.
Upcoming Events
January is National Blood Donor Month
"Keeping Older Americans and People with Disabilities Safe and Healthy in Emergencies" webinar, Jan. 13, 1PM EST
"Use of the Guide to Community Preventive Services to Impact Healthy Aging" webinar, Jan. 16, 1:30PM EST
2014 Preparedness Summit, April 1--4, Atlanta
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