It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week!
Three Rivers Health District and Three Rivers Medical Reserve Corps would like to thank our volunteers for all the good work and assistance they provide Three Rivers Health District and its partners to educate, prepare and respond during emergencies. Their support to public health preparedness is invaluable.
The Medical Reserve Corps is a national organization created to have a system in place to use medical volunteers in a disaster. Three Rivers MRC is a local unit comprised of residents of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Medical professionals and support volunteers are utilized during natural disasters to support shelters, train with localities in emergency preparedness and support public health.
During 2018, volunteers supported shelters in Lancaster, Northumberland and Gloucester. Volunteer instructors provided free training and education to citizens of all 10 counties of the health district and assisted in the local health department offices throughout the 10 county region of Three Rivers Health District.
The volunteers have taken on the role of educators in response to the Opioid Crisis in Virginia, providing information on safe medication handling and distributing more than 2,600 Safe Medication Disposal Bags to the community. They have provided REVIVE! Training which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose to more than 125 lay rescuers.
Additionally volunteers have committed to universally preparing the citizens of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula with additional courses, including: Until Help Arrives which encourages the lay rescuer to step up and be the help until professional help arrives; and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
This valuable training is available to Virginia Department of Health Staff, MRC Volunteers, Public Health Partners and Community Members alike.
We are grateful for all Three Rivers Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers provide to the Three Rivers Health District.
Valerie Avery-Birkett, Coordinator
Three Rivers Medical Reserve Corps