Presentation on theme: "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."— Presentation transcript:
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 MRC “At A Glance” National network Mission: Engage volunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response and community resiliencyKey Points:Organize/utilize locallyAffiliate/integrate with existing programs and resourcesVolunteer management -- identify, screen/verify credentials, train
5 MRC Volunteers Medical and public health professionals in training active practiceinactiveretiredOther interested individualscan help with leadership, communications, administration, logistics, etc…
6 American Samoa MRC Sponsoring Organization: Department of Health Date Established: 10/8/2010MRC Leader: Ben SiliNumber Volunteers: 5Recent Activities:December 2012 – Tropical Cyclone EvanSeptember 2012 – Outreach for National Preparedness Month
7 Federated States of Micronesia MRC Sponsoring Organization: Department of Health and Social AffairsDate Established: 2/22/2012MRC Leader: Arthy NenaNumber Volunteers: 20Recent Activities:September 2012 – Recruitment workshopJuly 2012 – FSM Women Leadership Conference
8 Guam MRC Sponsoring Organization: Office of Homeland Security Date Established: 7/11/2005MRC Leader: Joe FloresNumber Volunteers: 18Recent Activities:December 2012 – Pediatric Field Triage TrainingSeptember 2012 – Recruitment outreach to the University of Guam School of Nursing
9 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands MRC Sponsoring Organization: Commonwealth Healthcare OrganizationDate Established: 2/2/2012MRC Leader: Warren VillagomezNumber Volunteers: 56Recent Activities:August 2012 – BP and DM checks at Tinian Labor Day CelebrationJuly 2012 – Hospital nurse recruitment and orientation
10 Palau MRC Sponsoring Organization: Ministry of Health Date Established: 5/23/2006MRC Leader: Robert MaddisonNumber Volunteers: 21Recent Activities:November 2012 – Basic Life Support/ Basic Trauma Life Support TrainingAugust 2012 – MRC Communication Drill
12 MRC Activities…in the context of DRR Risk = H x Vwhere V = (E x S)/RBuild resilience (↑R)Reduce exposure (↓E)Reduce susceptibility (↓S)
13 Public Health Activities …Reduce Susceptibility Disease preventionReduce obesityScreeningImmunizationHealth promotion and educationHealth services13
14 MRC can help to educate the community…about health and DRR 14
15 www.medicalreservecorps.gov Robert J. Tosatto, RPh, MPH, MBA Captain, US Public Health ServiceDirector, Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps Office of the Surgeon GeneralTower Building, Suite 2001101 Wootton ParkwayRockville, MD 20852(240)
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