In March, NACCHO Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) project staff prepared for several in-person meetings at the 2014 Preparedness Summit, including a demonstration of the new MRC web- and mobile-based application, the MRC workgroup meeting, and a workshop with winners of NACCHO’s MRC Challenge Awards. Staff also worked on the meeting logistics for the second NACCHO MRC Volunteer Core Competency Advisory Group meeting, taking place April 17-18 in Arlington, VA.
On March 10, NACCHO opened an MRC network-wide contest to name the new MRC web- and mobile-based application, and on March 27, NACCHO announced the winning name, “MRC Connect.” NACCHO staff continued to work with Rallyware on development of MRC Connect, including planning for the in-person demonstration at the 2014 Preparedness Summit.
NACCHO staff also finalized two publications for the MRC network. The “2013 Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps” report was sent to print and copies will be mailed to MRC unit leaders in mid-April. NACCHO staff also completed the issue brief, “Pharmacists Bolster Local Health Department Efforts through the Medical Reserve Corps.”
Lastly, NACCHO completed seamless integration of the new NACCHO University online learning platform with MRC-Train, the learning management system for all MRC unit leaders. The integration of NACCHO University with MRC-Train will allow MRC unit leaders to access even more courses to advance their professional development.