The Livingston County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program was recently awarded the TRIAD (Seniors, Law Enforcement, Community Agencies) 2022 Community Service Award, in addition to being named a 2022 MRC Program Recognition Awardee through the National MRC Program for Community Response (COVID-19: General Response / Multi-Mission Efforts).
On May 7th, 2022, Livingston County Department of Health (LCDOH) MRC Coordinator June Webster and MRC volunteers: Barb Phillips, Betsy Ott, Alise Rounsville, Susan Rountree, Gail Yunker, and John Yunker accepted the TRIAD award on behalf of the MRC at Seniorama. These awards honor the Livingston County Department of Health’s MRC unit for its significant contribution to the COVID-19 emergency response efforts in the last year, including at the local, state, and/or national level.
The Medical Reserve Corps allows residents to help the County prepare for and assist with disasters and other public health related events. Made up of both medical and non-medical volunteers, the MRC has participated in a variety of COVID-19 response missions throughout the last year, including testing clinics, distribution clinics, and vaccination clinics. The Livingston County MRC unit also provides assistance at rabies clinics, outreach activities, and office support at the Department of Health.
The Livingston County MRC was also awarded the 2022 COVID-19 MRC RISE Award Grant through the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response and the National Association of County and City Health Offices. The Livingston County MRC was awarded the highest grant tier, receiving $75,000, which will be used to: prioritize building the MRC’s capacity for emergency response, innovate as directives evolve, sustain staffing requirements, and equip the MRC unit with resources needed to support its mission. As part of the American Rescue Plan, signed into law in March 2022, the grant provides $100 million to support the Medical Reserve Corps by providing resources needed to Respond, Innovate, Sustain, and Equip, or RISE to the challenge of COVID-19 and future public health emergencies.
“The MRC volunteers proved to be our greatest asset during COVID-19. Their readiness and willingness to assist was only outweighed by their compassion and empathy for the community. They gave so much of themselves and to the community without expecting anything in return.” -Jennifer Rodriguez, Livingston County Public Health Director.
The LCDOH MRC unit is continually recruiting volunteers to create a well-trained and active volunteer base in order to respond effectively to the next public health emergency. Joining the program is quick and easy, and volunteers receive free training. For more information on how to become a volunteer, please contact June Webster at 243-7270.
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