Zumana Rios, MHA
The Multnomah County Health Reserve Corps (HRC) activated its volunteers to support the Health Department's seasonal flu shot clinics this fall in collaboration with a variety of community partners, including the Mexican Consulate, African American Health Coalition and Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO). Volunteers included registered nurses and vaccine-certified pharmacists. Volunteers supported three flu shot clinics during the months of October and November. Eleven HRC volunteers signed up to administer flu vaccines. These volunteers contributed a total of 55 hours of time.
The HRC was established in 2002 to house a cadre of licensed volunteer health care workers who would be mobilized to support the Health Department's response to large-scale emergencies or non-emergency public health activities. Volunteers are non-Health Department employees who serve as resources to expand communities' response capacity in Multnomah County and work under the Health Department's direction.
There are currently more than 400 licensed health care volunteers in the HRC. To learn more about the program, please visit the HRC website.
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