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NACCHO and the Office of the Surgeon General Enhance Volunteer Local Public Health Initiatives

Contact: Jacqueline Bond
(301) 280-5746
NACCHO and the Office of the Surgeon General Enhance Volunteer Local Public Health Initiatives

WASHINGTON, DC (Jan. 16, 2014) —

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Surgeon General, has selected 29 volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units to receive MRC Challenge Awards, totaling nearly $600,000. The awards support MRC units to develop new projects and programs that can be replicated on a national level in one of four focus areas: chronic disease prevention, community resilience, mental and emotional well-being, and partners for empowered communities.

Nearly 200 MRC units from across the United States applied for the award, and the top 29 most promising applicants were selected to receive the award. Projects will begin early in 2014. For more information about the MRC Challenge award, visit www.mrcnaccho.org.

"The Medical Reserve Corps provides vital, cost-saving support to local health departments and their communities," says Robert M. Pestronk, Executive Director of NACCHO. "NACCHO appreciates the support of the Office of the Surgeon General and the dedication and volunteerism of MRC units. We are proud to fund projects which prepare people and protect communities against health threats and emergencies."

The MRC is a national network of more than 200,000 volunteers committed to improving the public health, emergency response, and resiliency of their communities. The MRC is organized into nearly 1,000 local units. NACCHO has worked with the Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps within the Office of the Surgeon General, a federal government agency that oversees the national MRC network, through a cooperative agreement since 2006. More than 60 percent of MRC units are housed within local health departments, many of which have faced severe budget and personnel cuts, and often rely on MRC volunteers to continue public health and emergency preparedness activities in the community. NACCHO has granted MRC Challenge Awards to the following projects:

·Adams County MRC, Quincy, IL; 5-2-1-0 Let's Go! - Community Partnership to Reduce Obesity and Chronic Disease

·Albuquerque-University of New Mexico MRC, Albuquerque, NM; Public Health Action Curriculum for Teens

·Arizona EMDR Trauma Response Network MRC, Scottsdale, AZ; Enhance Mental Health Response to PTSD and Other Psychological Injuries

·Ashland County-City MRC, Ashland, OH; You Can't Stand Up Alone

·Black Belt MRC, Tuskegee, AL; Resilience For All: Macon County

·Brookline Department of Health MRC, Brookline, MA; Brookline Youth Wellness Project

·Burlington County MRC, Westampton, NJ; MRC as Partners in Prevention

·Campbell County MRC, Gillette, WY; Mind Your Community!

·Central Georgia MRC, Macon, GA; Standing Down for our Veterans: Operation Get Healthy!

·Chicago Familia Latina Unida MRC, Chicago, IL; Youth Health Service Corp

·Colorado Muslim Society MRC; Denver, CO; Eliminating Health Disparities within Colorado Muslim Community

·Fort Bend County MRC, Alvin, TX; Let's Get Physical!

·Greater Taunton MRC, Taunton, MA; Psychological First Aid for Families Experiencing Homelessness

·Kansas State Animal Response Team Veterinary MRC, Wichita, KS; My PET Plan: Pets Evacuate Too!

·Macomb County Health Department MRC, Mount Clemens, MI; Youth Emergency Preparedness Outreach Initiative

·Maryland Responds MRC, Baltimore, MD; Creative Partnerships for a Prepared and Resilient Maryland

·Minnesota Behavioral Health MRC, St. Paul, MN; Psychological First Aid for Youth

·Mississippi Gulf Coast MRC, Gulfport, MS; He Hits You Because He Likes You: Early Intervention for Unhealthy Relationships in Grade School

·New Orleans MRC, New Orleans, LA; Preparing At-Risk Populations for Emergencies

·Niagara County MRC, Niagara Falls, NY; Energizing Partnerships to Advance Support Networks for Breastfeeding Mothers

·Norfolk County 7 MRC, Needham, MA; Clearing the Air: Empowering Nail Salon Owners and Workers for Better Health

·NW Missouri MRC, St. Joseph, MO; MRC: Educating Individuals, Encouraging Positive Mental Health Outcomes

·Rhode Island MRC, West Greenwich, RI; Naloxen and Overdose Prevention Education Program

·Skagit County MRC, Everett, WA; Coming Home to Health!

·Southwest New Mexico MRC, Silver City, NM; The Southwest Mental Health Net

·Tarrant County MRC, Fort Worth, TX; Fathers to Dads: Empowering Teen Fathers through Mentoring

·Tri-County MRC, Aledo, IL; Keeping the Faith-Community Preparedness

·Tulalip Tribes MRC, Tulalip, WA; Tulalip Bay Wellness Trail: Developing a Path to a Healthier Future

·Woodford County Health Department MRC, Versailles, KY; Step by Step to a Healthier Woodford County Through Square Foot Gardening

About the National Association of County and City Health Officials

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation's 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities. For more information about NACCHO, please visit www.naccho.org.