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May 23, 2017 https://mrc.hhs.gov
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Monroe County MRC volunteers address radiological preparedness
MRC volunteer Chris Chickeral during Monroe County's Earth Day

Nuclear power plants have safety and security procedures that are continually monitored; however, an accident could release dangerous levels of radiation. With three operating nuclear power plants, the state of Michigan followed in the footsteps of several other U.S. states in 2009 and made Potassium Iodide (KI) available at no cost to its residents who live and/or work within a ten mile radius of a nuclear power plant, often known as an Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ). This non-prescription drug prevents the uptake of radioactive iodine, reducing the risk of developing thyroid cancer during a nuclear power plant accident.  Read More

MRC/NACCHO Connections
MRC Presence at the 2017 Preparedness Summit

The annual Preparedness Summit has always seen a great MRC presence. The 2017 Preparedness Summit, themed "Forces of Change: Capabilities, Innovation and Partnerships," was no different. Fourteen separate MRC-related sessions highlighted the great work being done across the network, sharing best practices and lessons learned in today’s ever-evolving public health and emergency response environment.

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Final Deadline Extension: Bob Cohen MRC Mentorship Program

NACCHO is currently seeking both experienced MRC unit leaders and new MRC unit leaders to participate in the Bob Cohen MRC Mentorship Program!

 As part of this program, new MRC unit leaders will be paired with experienced unit leaders and will be provided with the knowledge, connections, and resources they need to become familiar with the varying day-to-day public health preparedness and response needs to support their community, as well as the resources available to them within the unit they lead and within the MRC network at-large. Read More

Announcements
Call for Abstracts: 2017 NHCPC

The National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference (NHCPC) is now accepting abstracts for their 6th annual conference in San Diego on November 28-30, 2017. As MRC units continue to develop partnerships with Healthcare Coalitions, this is a unique opportunity to share your unit’s work around topics like Volunteer Management, Medical Surge, and Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response.  Read More

Now Open: 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Application Period

FEMA recently announced the 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards is now open. The awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by honoring individuals, organizations, and jurisdictions that have made outstanding contributions toward strengthening their community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster.  Read More

Colorado Acupuncture MRC Featured in State-Wide Magazine!

Through the use of acupuncture therapy, the Colorado Acupuncture MRC (CAMRC) unit provides a valuable and innovative approach to supporting mental health needs during a disaster and community crisis. Recently, the CAMRC was featured in a state-wide magazine. Read More

Tobacco Cessation for Cancer Survivors: A Resource Guide for Local Health Departments

NACCHO is pleased to announce the release of Tobacco Cessation for Cancer Survivors: A Resource Guide for Local Health Departments.  This guide details the importance of tobacco cessation for cancer survivors and features recommendations on how local health departments can use existing resources to link cessation services to cancer survivors.  Read More

In This Issue

Monroe County MRC volunteers address radiological preparedness

MRC Presence at the 2017 Preparedness Summit

Final Deadline Extension: Bob Cohen MRC Mentorship Program

Call for Abstracts: 2017 NHCPC

Now Open: 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Application Period

Colorado Acupuncture MRC Featured in State-Wide Magazine!

Tobacco Cessation for Cancer Survivors: A Resource Guide for Local Health Departments

Media Coverage
The Meigs MRC (MMRC) partnered with several Meigs County entities in Ohio for a full-scale Hazardous Material exercise

 

The Framingham MRC, alongside the Framingham Health Department, will be conducting the first survey in Massachusetts to evaluate how prepared local residents are for potential disasters. 

 

Opportunities

Webinar: Access and Functional Needs "The Whole Community- We succeed or fail together" June 28 at 2:30 ET

National Safty Month: June
NACCHO Annual 2017: July 11-14
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