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MRC: Expanding DRR in the Pacific Region Rob Tosatto, RPh, MPH, MBA CAPT, USPHS Office of the Surgeon General Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.

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1 MRC: Expanding DRR in the Pacific Region Rob Tosatto, RPh, MPH, MBA CAPT, USPHS Office of the Surgeon General Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health February 2013

2 To Discuss… What is the Medical Reserve Corps? What is the current status of the MRC in the pacific region? How has/can the MRC contribute to Disaster Risk Reduction efforts?

3 National network Mission: Engage volunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response and community resiliency Key Points: Organize/utilize locally Affiliate/integrate with existing programs and resources Volunteer management -- identify, screen/verify credentials, train MRC At A Glance

4 4

5 MRC Volunteers

6 Sponsoring Organization: Department of Health Date Established: 10/8/2010 MRC Leader: Ben Sili Number Volunteers: 5 Recent Activities: December 2012 – Tropical Cyclone Evan September 2012 – Outreach for National Preparedness Month American Samoa MRC

7 Sponsoring Organization: Department of Health and Social Affairs Date Established: 2/22/2012 MRC Leader: Arthy Nena Number Volunteers: 20 Recent Activities: September 2012 – Recruitment workshop July 2012 – FSM Women Leadership Conference Federated States of Micronesia MRC

8 Sponsoring Organization: Office of Homeland Security Date Established: 7/11/2005 MRC Leader: Joe Flores Number Volunteers: 18 Recent Activities: December 2012 – Pediatric Field Triage Training September 2012 – Recruitment outreach to the University of Guam School of Nursing Guam MRC

9 Sponsoring Organization: Commonwealth Healthcare Organization Date Established: 2/2/2012 MRC Leader: Warren Villagomez Number Volunteers: 56 Recent Activities: August 2012 – BP and DM checks at Tinian Labor Day Celebration July 2012 – Hospital nurse recruitment and orientation Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands MRC

10 Sponsoring Organization: Ministry of Health Date Established: 5/23/2006 MRC Leader: Robert Maddison Number Volunteers: 21 Recent Activities: November 2012 – Basic Life Support/ Basic Trauma Life Support Training August 2012 – MRC Communication Drill Palau MRC

11 MRC Activities Activity FocusFY09FY10FY11FY12 Administrative/Unit Development 9211,0541,8663,535 Community Preparedness 1,5761,4961,6952,124 Public Health 1,1212,8191,8452,200 Emergency Response 7741,8349971,173 Training 2,0762,2412,9513,775 Total6,4689,4449,35412,807

12 Build resilience (R) Reduce exposure (E) Reduce susceptibility (S) MRC Activities…in the context of DRR Risk = H x V where V = (E x S)/R

13 Public Health Activities …Reduce Susceptibility Disease prevention Reduce obesity Screening Immunization Health promotion and education Health services

14 MRC can help to educate the community…about health and DRR

15 Robert J. Tosatto, RPh, MPH, MBA Captain, US Public Health Service Director, Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps Office of the Surgeon General Tower Building, Suite 200 1101 Wootton Parkway Rockville, MD 20852 (240) 453-8218 robert.tosatto@hhs.gov www.medicalreservecorps.gov


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