The Livingston County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program was recently awarded the 2022 TRIAD (Seniors, Law Enforcement, Community Agencies) Community Service Award, in addition to being named the 2022 MRC Program Recognition Recipient under the National Program MRC for Community Response (COVID -19: General Response / Multi-Mission Efforts).
On May 7, 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 agreed the TRIAD prize on behalf of the MRC at Séniorama. These awards honor the Livingston County Health Department MRC Unit for its significant contribution to COVID-19 emergency response efforts over the past year, including at the local, state and/or national level. .
The Medical Reserve Corps enables residents to help the county prepare for and assist in disasters and other public health events. Comprised of medical and non-medical volunteers, the CRM has participated in various COVID-19 response missions over the past year, including screening clinics, distribution clinics and vaccination clinics. The Livingston County MRC unit also provides rabies clinic assistance, outreach and administrative support to the Department of Health.
The MRC of Livingston County also received the 2022 COVID-19 MRC RISE Award grant through the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the National Association of County and City Health Units. The MRC of Livingston County received the highest level of grant, receiving $75,000, which will be used to: prioritize building the MRC’s emergency response capacity, innovate as directives evolve, maintain personnel requirements and provide the RCN unit with the necessary resources to support its mission . As part of the U.S. Rescue Plan, signed into law in March 2022, the grant provides $100 million to support the Medical Reserve Corps by providing the resources needed to respond, innovate, sustain and equip or meet the challenge of COVID-19 and future public health emergencies.
“RCN volunteers have proven to be our greatest asset during COVID-19. Their availability and willingness to help was only matched by their compassion and empathy for the community. They gave so much of themselves and the community without expecting anything in return. -Jennifer Rodriguez, Livingston County Director of Public Health.
The LCDOH MRC unit is continually recruiting volunteers to create a base of well trained and active volunteers to effectively respond to the next public health emergency. Joining the program is quick and easy, and volunteers receive free training. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact June Webster at 243-7270.
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