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Oak Park Medical Reserve Corps Public Health Initiatives.

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1 Oak Park Medical Reserve Corps Public Health Initiatives

2 Keeping Volunteers Involved Through recruiting process Through recruiting process Through application process Through application process Orientation and training opportunities Orientation and training opportunities Emergency-related experiences Emergency-related experiences On-going public health initiatives On-going public health initiatives Communications Communications Recognition Recognition

3 Developing the Medical Reserve Corps Linkages with community agencies Linkages with community agencies Volunteer Center Volunteer Center American Red Cross of Greater Chicago American Red Cross of Greater Chicago Tourism Centers Tourism Centers Nursing College Nursing College School Nurses School Nurses Hospital Staff Meetings Hospital Staff Meetings Linkages with other Illinois MRCs Linkages with other Illinois MRCs

4 Medical Reserve Corps: Current Status Characteristics of Volunteers Characteristics of Volunteers Core -vs- Non-core Volunteers Core -vs- Non-core Volunteers Integration with Emergency Preparedness Activity Integration with Emergency Preparedness Activity Emergency Call Rosters Emergency Call Rosters Database Creation Database Creation

5 Orientation and Training Orientation Orientation April 15, 2003 April 15, 2003 Emergency Coordination Training Emergency Coordination Training June 24, 2003 June 24, 2003 Epidemiological/Forensic Simulation Exercise Epidemiological/Forensic Simulation Exercise September, 2003 September, 2003 Bioterrorism Agents Bioterrorism Agents October 4, 2003 October 4, 2003

6 Orientation and Training Recognition of MRC Volunteers by Board of Trustees Recognition of MRC Volunteers by Board of Trustees December 1, 2003 December 1, 2003 MRC Thank You Party MRC Thank You Party December 1, 2003 December 1, 2003 Disaster Response Training Disaster Response Training August, 2004 August, 2004

7 Involvement in On-going Public Health Initiatives Monthly e-letter Monthly e-letter Health screening program Know Your Numbers Health screening program Know Your Numbers Child Car Safety Seat checks Child Car Safety Seat checks West Nile Virus West Nile Virus Flu clinics Flu clinics Maternal Child Health Programs Maternal Child Health Programs

8 Involvement in Emergency-Related Activities Testing After Hours Call System Testing After Hours Call System Training other volunteers and staff Training other volunteers and staff Forensic Epidemiology Drill Forensic Epidemiology Drill Planned - Checklists for Businesses Planned - Checklists for Businesses Planned – SNS Dispensing Site Drill Planned – SNS Dispensing Site Drill

9 Lessons Learned Stay in touch Stay in touch Provide meaningful work Provide meaningful work Use wide range of skills Use wide range of skills Respect limitations Respect limitations Give recognition Give recognition Integrate MRC into emergency planning Integrate MRC into emergency planning

10 Thank You !

11 Contact Information The Village of Oak Park The Village of Oak Park 123 Madison Street 123 Madison Street Oak Park, Illinois Oak Park, Illinois Christopher G. Shields, BS, EMT-P Christopher G. Shields, BS, EMT-P Health Educator and MRC Coordinator Health Educator and MRC Coordinator


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