MRC GEM Recognized at National Conference

MRC GEM was well-represented, and received a national award, at the first-ever Integrated Medical, Public Health, Preparedness, and Response Training Summit held recently in Dallas, Texas. Executive Director Sherwin Levinson and VP-Logistics Judee Levinson participated in what is hoped will be an annual event, thanks to dedicated travel scholarships from the National Association of City and County Health Organizations (NACCHO) and from our housing organization, East Metro Health District. MRC GEM members present in other capacities included Armin Ansari, Mark Burton, and Mark Reiswig.

The conference included over three thousand MRC leaders and emergency medical responders from nearly every state and U.S. protectorate (In one of my sessions, I had a chance to compare notes with an MRC leader from American Samoa!). During our stay in Dallas, we availed ourselves of many valuable opportunities for education and networking, which will benefit our unit. Other events included an address by Captain Robert Tosatto, Director of the Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps, as well as a recognition ceremony. Excitingly, our own MRC GEM unit was one of only TWO honored for "outstanding resiliency at the community level". Sherwin accepted a beautiful crystal award on behalf of MRC GEM. The award is currently"in transit" from Dallas, but you'll be able to see it, along with photos from the event, at an MRC GEM training in the near future.