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Engaging the Millennial Generation: Summertime Recruitment
Sacramento MRC Volunteers - Staffing the California International Marathon

Summer is in session, making this a great time for MRC units to focus on recruiting college student volunteers. Engaging students can be a great way to support long-term recruitment strategies and short-term MRC projects. The MRC units highlighted below are all 2017 Challenge Award recipients whose projects serve as replicable examples of how to strategically engage millennial volunteers and support specific unit goals. Read More

MRC/NACCHO Connection
Reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act
The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), the act which authorizes the MRC, is up for reauthorization this year. In preparation, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on June 6, 2018 with witnesses to gather feedback on the discussion draft. Witnesses included Dr. Robert Kadlec, HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and NACCHO Board President, Dr. Umair Shah. 
A recording of the hearing and witness testimonies are available here
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Why Behavioral Health Planning is Critical

Behavioral health is an essential part of community resilience and recovery from traumatic events, after which individuals and first responders may experience a range of emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive responses. While many individuals are resilient and will recover on their own, others may require additional support.

Many MRC units support local health departments in their efforts to work with partners to improve the behavioral health of their communities before, during, and after a disaster. This article includes a list of disaster behavioral health resources compiled from a variety of sources for local health departments. Read More

Our Respects to Stephen Stoll, Berkeley MRC Founder
Stephen Stoll (picture courtesy of Dana Stoll)
Stephen Stoll, Berkeley MRC Founder, was a shining example of MRC leadership in emergency preparedness and campus safety. We thank him for his outstanding efforts as a leader and share our condolences with his family and the Berkeley MRC community. Read More
CMS Announces First Rural Health Strategy

On May 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the agency’s first Rural Health Strategy. Since many MRC units are located in rural areas, the strategy may be a helpful tool for guiding rural health practices.

The strategy provides a proactive approach on healthcare issues to ensure that the nearly one in five individuals who live in rural America have access to high quality, affordable healthcare. The agency-wide Rural Health Strategy, built on input from rural providers and beneficiaries, focuses on five objectives to achieve the agency’s vision for rural health. Read More

DHS FY 2018 Preparedness Grants

DHS has released their fiscal year (FY) 2018 funding opportunities for eight Department of Homeland Security grant programs. Many of the grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies. MRC units housed within state and local government agencies may be interested in learning more about these opportunities.  Read More

In This Issue

Engaging the Millennial Generation: Summertime Recruitment

Reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act

Why Behavioral Health Planning is Critical

Our Respects to Stephen Stoll, Berkeley MRC Founder

CMS Announces First Rural Health Strategy

DHS FY 2018 Preparedness Grants

Public Health Ethics
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
2:30 - 4:00 pm ET
Speakers from CDC Public Health Ethics and local health departments will cover the fundamentals of public health ethics, present a framework for ethical decision making, and provide tips for putting together an ethics committee at your health department. Please visit NACCHO University to register.
Communicating Changing Guidance: Lessons from Zika and Beyond
Monday, June 25, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

NACCHO invites you to join a webinar about communicating changing guidance in the context of the Zika response. Participants will hear about CDC’s Zika response, communication strategies, and lessons learned for the local level. Local health department communications staff from Public Health-Seattle & King County will also be speaking. Event information and registration are available here.

Leading Adaptive Change: Mobilizing Teams to Thrive
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Adaptive Leadership is a training focused on navigating change in challenging environments. Join speakers Tahlia Grousse from NACCHO and Michael Melton from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to learn more. Registration can be accessed here. For more information, contact consulting@naccho.org.
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