Choose to Live Healthier! MRC Joins the National President’s Challenge

MRC's national office has joined the Active Lifestyle program to encourage members to live healthier lives. In addition to the benefits to individual members, success will help give the MRC program more visibility nationally, which could lead to increased funding, improved programs, and more recognition of the important role each member plays. Individual participants can receive awards for their participation.

Money For Nothing?

How can you make a $100 donation to your favorite charity without spending anything at all? A program offered by SunTrust Bank lets you do just that. Please consider participating and having SunTrust donate $100 to your favorite MRC unit (or other charity).

New Pan Flu Research Suggests Ways to Drastically Reduce Impact

According to a new study, timely implementation of an approach combining use of antivirals and social distancing could substantially lower the infection rate during an influenza pandemic.

Statewide MRC Meeting & Pan Flu POD Exercise

On March 6 and 7, 2008, MRC GEM board members Sherwin and Judee Levinson attended the Georgia Statewide MRC Meeting,

FEMA to take over primary mass care role from Red Cross

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report with broad implications for how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) should interface with volunteer organizations.

Bird Flu Continues Spreading in Asia, More Human Cases

Per XFN-ASIA, a new bird flu outbreak has been reported in Tibet a day after a 22-year-old man was confirmed to have died of bird flu in Hunan. He was China's 18th confirmed human bird flu fatality. Source: http://www.forbes.com/afxnewslimited/feeds/afx/2008/02/19/afx4668281.html

Bird Flu Sweeping Four Asian Countries

According to AP reports, bird flu (H5N1) is sweeping Indonesia, India, Tibet, and Bangladesh. Turkey has also confirmed the continued spread of bird-to-bird H5N1, while a suspected new human bird flu case in Pakistan awaits blood test results for confirmation. In other flu news, more than 10% of flu virus samples taken in Western Europe this winter have been resistant to oseltamivir (better known as Tamiflu).

MRC GEM Kicks Off 2008 Training Program

view of trainingThis past Saturday, January 26, MRC GEM member Lynda Flage kicked off this year's training schedule with a program on Mental Health Preparedness and Psychological First Aid.

Free Opportunity To Expand Knowledge of Key Healthcare Issues

The first discussion of the free Health System Transformation and Policy Lecture Series will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, 4-6 p.m. at the Robert W. Woodruff Library, Joseph W. Jones Room, third floor, main Emory University campus.

Trust For America's Health Recommends Minimum MRC Strength

Without consulting any officials of the Medical Reserve Corps program, Trust For America's Health (TFAH) has released a report specifying the minimum MRC strength needed for community resiliency.

Emergency Response Course for Nurses offers CEUs

The National Nurse Emergency Preparedness Initiative (NNEPI) recently launched the online course Nurses on the Front Line: Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies and Disasters.

A Message from the Surgeon General

Dear MRC Leaders and Volunteers,

With temperatures dropping, holiday plans in full swing, and thoughts turning towards the New Year, I send you season's greetings from the Office of the Surgeon General. While this past year was an exciting year for me as I assumed the role of acting Surgeon General; it was certainly an equally eventful period for the Medical Reserve Corps.

Georgia Among Best Prepared

A recent report from Trust for America's Health gave Georgia high marks for their public health disease, disaster, and bioterrorism preparedness. However, seven states scored better.

Bird Flu News

Several recent stories about H5N1 influenza are cause for limited optimism.

Cluster of 8 avian flu cases suspected in Pakistan

Chicken wearing surgical maskPakistan's Ministry of Health has informed the World Health Organization (WHO) of eight suspected human cases of H5N1 avian influenza infection in the Peshawar area of the country.
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