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Dated 04/11/2007

County Health Department
Medical Reserve Corps

DATED: Wednesday, April 11, 2007
CONTACT: Hunterdon County Health Department 908-788-1351
CONTACT PERSON: Carl Rachel, Public Relations Director
EMAIL: crachel@co.hunterdon.nj.us


The fifth annual Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) National Leadership and Training Conference, hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be held in Providence, Rhode Island next week.   Hunterdon County MRC coordinator, Kristin Brown, will join more than 500 leaders from across the country to discuss ways the growing MRC units can be strengthened through partnerships.

“This is my first MRC National Leadership and Training Conference,” said Brown.  “I’m looking forward to meeting MRC leaders from across U.S. to learn more about their local successes so I can bring those ideas home to better prepare us here in Hunterdon County. The MRC is a true ‘grass roots’ organization that grows right out of our own community.  By combining our own ideas with concepts that have proven successful for other MRC units across the country, we’re able to become a stronger and better prepared community.”

Rear Admiral Kenneth Moritsugu, M.D., M.P.H, acting surgeon general, seconds that notion.  “The conference is a great service to the local leaders of this organization” he said. “Not only do participants gain greater knowledge and better understanding of public health and emergency preparedness issues, but they also get to share best practices and lessons learned with their colleagues.”

MRC units are based locally across the U.S.  These trained teams lead programs comprised of medical, public health, and other civilian volunteers, using their specialized skills and training to provide additional surge capacity and response support during emergencies. Throughout the year, MRC volunteers offer education and prevention services to improve the public health infrastructure of their communities.  The MRC, Citizen Corps, AmeriCorps, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), Fire Corps, Senior Corps, and the Peace Corps are program partners within the President's USA Freedom Corps, which promotes volunteerism and service throughout the United States

To learn more about the Hunterdon County MRC, contact Kristin 908-806-5185 or email her at kbrown@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

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