Grant Award!

We are thrilled to tell you that our unit has just been awarded a highly competitive grant! Of 240 applicants, ours was one of 80 MRC units to receive this great honor. (Details about the grant process and the other winning entries are provided at the bottom of this web page.)

NACCHO is providing us with $7,500 for a project over the coming year named "Partnering to Boost Resilience in Special Needs Preschools."

Among other things, these funds will allow us to:

  • Bring CPR and First Aid classes to teachers and aides in our region's special needs preschools. We were shocked to discover that many of these schools cannot afford to offer these life-saving courses to their staff members!!! Thus we're delighted to receive funding that will help us to provide these skills.

  • Upgrade our aging CPR supplies, especially given new AHA requirements for feedback manikins.

  • Certify interested MRC volunteers who would like to become AHA Instructors.

  • Train our volunteers about caring for special needs preschoolers in a disaster.

We hope you're equally pleased! Thanks for your dedicated service.

NACCHO Funds 80 Innovative Community Projects through 2018 Medical Reserve Corps Challenge Award

NACCHO in partnership with the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program Office, Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is pleased to announce the selection of 80 MRC units to receive the 2018 MRC Challenge Award. Over 240 MRC units across the country submitted applications for one of three funding categories: $2,500, $7,500, or $12,500. The tiered funding levels allowed MRC units to select the funding level that met their needs and those of the community they serve.

The Challenge Award aims to focus innovation in areas that are aligned with national health initiatives that are also significant at the local level. MRC units could propose projects that employ a number of approaches, such as educational programs, formation of unique partnerships, community outreach, and creation of innovative tools or systems. Unit leaders were also encouraged to use this opportunity to evaluate their programs and translate the processes and outcomes through research.

After a competitive two-tiered review process, NACCHO selected 80 MRC units to receive the award.

25 MRC units will receive $2,500 to fund projects focused on strengthening MRC unit capabilities.

44 MRC units will receive $7,500 for community-based initiatives that build MRC volunteer engagement and capabilities, engage community partners, and improve community health and resiliency.

11 MRC units will receive $12,500 to build collaboration across multiple MRC units, community stakeholders, or academic institutions to increase MRC capabilities, build MRC brand awareness, and develop shared resources.

See the full list of 2018 MRC Challenge Award Projects or for more information go to: https://www.naccho.org/programs/public-health-preparedness/medical-reserve-corps

Upper Merrimack Valley Medical Reserve Corps, 55 Main Street, Westford, MA 01886