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1 How it functions How you can get involved How you can use it to help your community

2 In the beginning How we got here What we are doing today Ways to help strengthen your program Ways to utilize your MRC

3 On 9-11 medical volunteers showed up at hospitals to help with survivors

4 Despite best intentions of the volunteers some issues arose in: Credentialing Liability Management

5 Government was able handle the inoculations During the AA it was realized had the event been larger they would have needed help

6 My call tonight is for every American to commit at least two years -- 4,000 hours -- over the rest of your lifetime to the service of your neighbors and your nation. Many are already serving, and I thank you. If you aren't sure how to help, I've got a good place to start. To sustain and extend the best that has emerged in America, I invite you to join the new USA Freedom Corps.

7 MRC concept developed by Health and Human Services (HHS) to: Create a system to pre-identify active and retired medical and public health volunteers – at the community level Prepare volunteers in advance of an emergency Utilize volunteers on an ongoing basis to strengthen the public health infrastructure year round


9 Liability protection for volunteers. Except as provided in subsections (b) and (d), no volunteer of a nonprofit organization or governmental entity shall be liable for harm caused by an act or omission of the volunteer on behalf of the organization or entity if:

10 1. The volunteer was acting within the scope of the volunteers responsibilities 2. The volunteer was authorized by the appropriate authorities for the activities or practice 3. The harm was not caused by willful or criminal misconduct, gross negligence, reckless misconduct 4. The harm was not caused by the volunteer operating a motor vehicle, vessel, aircraft, or other vehicle

11 RCW 28.52 Liability WAC 118.04.180 responsibility of volunteer WAC 118-04-200

12 49 MRC units Regional Coordinator: Jesús Reyna

13 27 MRC units State Coordinator: Scott Carlson

14 Health Department Emergency Management Agency Non-Governmental Organization Medical Society College/University Hospital/Health System Citizen Corps Council Faith-Based Organization Civic Organization Fire Department/Agency Planning Council/Commission Law Enforcement Agency

15 Washington State 27 Units Department of Health - 13 units Office of Emergency Management - 8 units Citizen Corps - 3 units Fire Department - 1 unit Other - 2 units

16 Washington State – 2,143 volunteers Department of Health – 1,731 Volunteers Emergency Management – 235 Volunteers Citizen Corps - 125 Volunteers Fire Department – 40 Volunteers Other – 13 Volunteers

17 Medical – 1,538 Support - 605


19 The mission of the MRC is to engage volunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response and community resiliency.

20 PH Workforce & PHRC Volunteers Health Screening & Assessment Alternate Care Facility Medication Center (dispensing or vaccinating) Public Information Call Center Medical Needs Shelter Disease/EPI Surveillance Isolation & Quarantine Mass Fatality Management Environmental Hazard Mitigation Disaster Behavioral Health Alternate Care Facility ESF8 Missions









29 Open PODs Dispense medications to the public Common areas in the community (gyms, civic centers, community centers) Managed by the local public health departments (local volunteers) Closed PODs Medications dispensed to a specific group or organization Not open to the public Managed by organizations staff



32 July 10- Red Cross Exercise


34 Healthcare for the Homeless Network Vaccination Clinic Roles: Greeters, Registrars, Vaccinators In October, volunteers spent 139 hours and administered over 600 flu vaccinations


36 Training a small team of volunteers to provide surge capacity to Medical Examiners Office duties in the event of a mass fatality Annual training composed of 10 classes 2009-2010 team established Made up of 12 PHRC volunteers and WA Air National Guard members


38 Provide volunteers to help City of Seattle HHS survey homeless in support of an RFP Provide volunteers to CD-EPI for a Norovirus outbreak in a supported community


40 Care Clinic in Tacoma on April 30th Green River Earthquake/Tsunami/Volcano Terrorist incident Public Health Missions Whatever is next

41 Public Health Support Outbreak investigation, support of LHD clinics, Outreach Disaster Medical Training Radiation, Mass vaccination, Field medicine Shelter Support FNSS, Red Cross, Heating & Cooling

42 Community Support Fairs, bike & running races Support of populations Elderly, children, un/under insured, homeless

43 Include them in your planning Insert them into drills (they are licensed medical professionals) Public education (hot and cold weather) Support of Red Cross shelters Add to CERT Drills and activation Health screenings of your populations Door to door service to deliver health/safety messages

44 Questions? Ideas you can think of to utilize the Medical Reserve Corps? Thank you

45 Dave Nichols, CEM We are on Facebook (Public Health Reserve Corps) Email address: or My Contact Information

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