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Unit Spotlight

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program spotlights units that highlight the MRC Program's mission; underscore the importance of volunteerism; and promote collaboration at the local, state, and national levels. New spotlights will be added to illustrate the work being performed throughout the nation by MRC units.

Summer 2016

Since May 2006, the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Puerto Rico has primarily focused on being able to provide volunteer health professionals as a resource to strengthen the Puerto Rico Department of Health in a response. In order to reach this goal, MRC of Puerto Rico volunteers prepare by participating in trainings and exercises for both emergency and public health responses. Some of the unit's recent trainings have focused on mass fatality incidents, Points of Distribution (POD) operations, and assisting the elderly in a disaster. In addition, volunteers trained on how to conduct mobile hospital assembly, which allowed them to then train hospital coalition personnel in an exercise. (Click here to view a picture from the exercise.) The MRC has also actively responded to community needs. In June, MRC volunteers were activated to support the families of victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting that reside in Puerto Rico. The unit has also been active in supporting the public health response to Zika. Since February, MRC volunteers have been integral in conducting near daily health education and outreach on Zika prevention and awareness to municipalities throughout Puerto Rico. (Click here to view a photo of volunteers supporting Zika prevention.) The MRC's efforts to support the public health response to Zika were highlighted in the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s May blog. To learn more about the MRC of Puerto Rico, you can visit their MRC profile and Facebook pages.

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