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MRC Unit Updates

Coos County: The MRC unit is in the middle of its second recruiting campaign.  Already, 22 potential volunteers have shown interest in joining.  Two orientations took place in February, and the unit had its first meeting in March. A START Triage training will be held in April.

Washington County: MRC volunteers helped public schools with the Immunizations Program Exclusion Process, totaling approximately 115 hours of service. Five new volunteers were welcomed and an orientation was held in January for 17 members. With the benefit of UASI (Urban Areas Security Initiative) funds, the county purchased first-aid supplies and an AED to be used in support of a potential deployment. Christopher Goodwin, Washington County MRC Coordinator, also used his EMT expertise to create a list of some of the most essential items for a volunteer to use in emergency response, and these items were placed into 25 Back-T-Packs.

Clackamas County: The MRC has been continuing to gain capacity and has recruited six new members in the last few months, including a new and burgeoning population of Respiratory Therapists. Four MRC RN’s had the opportunity to perform QuantiFERON blood draws at a 60-patient tuberculosis exposure worksite clinic. This was a new type of allowance for the MRC unit, and the first outbreak response that they’ve participated in. An MRC orientation also took place on March 26.

Yamhill County: The MRC unit held its very first orientation on February 13, and two new members were added to an already impressive group of volunteers. The orientation handbook was completely revised and updated for future volunteers as well.

Columbia County: Between October 7 and December 9, 2011, nine MRC volunteers were busy providing 148 seasonal flu vaccinations, 19 blood pressure screenings, and assisted with K-6 health screenings (hearing, vision, and measuring height and weight) for 1,224 students.  They donated a total of 114.25 hours of service at a rate of $26.18 per hour for a total value of $2,991.07.

Wasco County: A data report for the three counties served by NCPHD is being developed to be placed on the website and shared with community partners. The unit’s volunteer recruitment and trainings are currently being prioritized. A volunteer orientation took place on March 5, as well as BDLS training on March 31.

Deschutes County: On January 29, the very first Project Mobile Connect, a smaller, more localized version of Project Connect (PC) – a program that offers free services to people who are homeless or in need – was held at Bend’s Community Center. An estimated 350 guests showed up to receive various services including medical, dental, meals, mental health, ID, birth certificates, free clothing, first aid supplies and more.

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