George Mason Participates in Medical Reserve Corps Program

Posted: March 13, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason, in cooperation with the Fairfax County Health Department, has launched a major recruitment drive to staff the Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), a program of the Fairfax County Citizen Corps. More than 13,000 medical and nonmedical volunteers would be needed to respond if there was a full-scale public health emergency in Fairfax County.

“Our goal is to have a trained volunteer force ready to help us respond to a public health emergency affecting Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church,” says Gloria Addo-Ayensu, Fairfax County health director.

In the event of a bioterrorism attack or a naturally occurring epidemic, MRC volunteers would be called upon to staff vaccination or medication dispensing sites. In a worst-case scenario, this could mean providing for all residents of Fairfax – more than one million people – in three to five days. To accomplish this, 96 teams, comprising 142 people per team, would staff dispensing sites at all county public high schools and George Mason University.

In addition to medical health care professionals, a large number of nonmedical volunteers are needed to provide general support, such as assisting patients with forms, performing data entry, translating and other administrative tasks.

“While the name of the program is the Medical Reserve Corps, we clearly need nonmedical volunteers to provide critical support,” says Donna Foster, Fairfax MRC coordinator.

To register as a volunteer or for more information, see the web site, www.fairfaxmrc.org. While at the site you will be asked to provide contact information and specific qualifications. Be sure to check the George Mason University box.

For more specific information, call Keith Cunningham at 703-993-3375.

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