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Featured Article
St. Louis Regional Radiological Response MRC Ramps Up Training Efforts
MRC volunteers test out radiological detection devices.
While many MRC units provide a wide range of support for local public health departments, hospitals, or clinics, the St. Louis Regional Radiological Response MRC was created to help local, state, and federal agencies respond to a radiological event. The MRC serves 16 jurisdictions in Missouri and Illinois, where there are several potential threats related to nuclear power plants and landfills. The MRC unit was initially created because of the potential for an accidental radiological release from an uncontrolled smoldering underground fire in a municipal landfill.  Read More
MRC/NACCHO Connections
MRC Call to Action: Electronic Smoking Devices
Use of Electronic Smoking Devices (ESDs) sometimes referred to as e-cigarettes, continues to climb throughout the United States. This market is not restricted by Federal regulation and lacks long term clinical research to determine the true health impact of ESDs among youth and adults.  Read More
Announcements
Submit an Abstract for the 2016 Preparedness Summit
There is less than a week to submit an abstract for the 2016 Preparedness Summit! Abstract submission is open through October 14. This year’s Summit will explore the theme, “Planning Today for Rebuilding Tomorrow: Focusing on Resiliency and Recovery in the 21st Century.”  Read More
Medical Reserve Corps Units Join Preparedness Month Efforts
Like many organizations, the volunteers of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) took action in their communities during National Preparedness Month. Unit leaders shared their unit's activities on MRC Connect and were featured on NACCHO's Preparedness Brief BlogRead More
Sign Up for Flu Near You!
The 2015-2016 flu season is quickly approaching. Local health departments can start to prepare for this year's flu season by registering for the Flu Near You platform. Through Flu Near You, thousands of volunteers answer a brief, weekly digital questionnaire about their health to benefit their community's flu awareness and tracking.  Read More
Share What Works and be Recognized! Apply for a 2016 Model Practice Award this October.
Your unit and your local health department can be a winner. NACCHO will accept model practice applications  until October 31. NACCHO’s Model Practice Program nationally honors and recognizes outstanding local public health practices and shares the outstanding practices through the Model Practices Database. We encourage MRC units to take advantage of this opportunity to showcase and share your unit’s work around topics like volunteer management, cultural competence, emergency preparedness, partnerships, and community involvement.  Read More
In This Issue

St. Louis Regional Radiological Response MRC Ramps Up Training Efforts

MRC Call to Action: Electronic Smoking Devices

Submit an Abstract for the 2016 Preparedness Summit

Medical Reserve Corps Units Join Preparedness Month Efforts

Sign Up for Flu Near You!

Share What Works and be Recognized! Apply for a 2016 Model Practice Award this October.

Media Coverage
The Marin MRC (CA) participated in a clinic to treat victims from the Valley fire. 
 
The Cape Cod MRC (MA) is partnering with a local emergency planning committee to assist in the area's emergency responses. 
Upcoming Opportunities
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: October
American Diabetes Month: November
Preparedness Summit: April 16-22, 2016
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