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Melissa Watt

Region V MRC Regional Liaison

Melissa Watt is the MRC Regional Liaison for Region V (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI) for the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program under the Readiness Division within the Office of Emergency Management and Medical Operations, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She offers assistance and support to the existing MRC units in the Great Lakes region. In addition, she aids individuals who are interested in starting MRC units in their local community and provides subject matter expertise. Melissa is also dedicated to promoting ASPR/MRC’s readiness priorities while working closely with federal, state, and local partners.

Melissa comes to the Regional Liaison position from the Heartland Alliance, where she served as a Hurricane Katrina Senior Case Manager. There, she provided crisis intervention to Hurricane Katrina/Rita evacuees from the Gulf Coast once they reached Chicago, IL. She acted as the evacuee’s advocate concerning housing, public entitlements, and medical care. Relationships were also built with community stakeholders to access resources for the hurricane evacuees.

Prior to joining Heartland Alliance, Melissa worked in community health and HIV advocacy at Access Community Health Network, one of the largest federal qualified health centers (FQHC) in the nation. While Melissa worked there, she started her career as a case manager and graduated to administrator positions working with a wide range of patients who were marginalized due to their health, well-being, and economic status. During her 8 years with Access Community Health Network, Melissa also managed a primary health care center and a dental clinic in the south suburbs of Chicago serving under-insured patients.

Melissa also has worked with at risk populations around homelessness, substance abuse, violence, and mental health issues. Throughout her work, Melissa has assisted others and provided resources to many individuals. Melissa hopes through each of her jobs that she has touched others and helped improve lives.

Melissa has served as Secretary and President for her local condominium association and has served as a federal grant reviewer for the Health Resources and Services Administration. She holds a B.S. in Health Sciences from Western Illinois University and a M.S. in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness from Saint Louis University. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys reading novels, participating in various outdoor and travel groups, and spending time with family and friends.


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