Rhode Islanders Making Readiness A Commitment
Announcements

RIDMAT/MRC's 2016 Planned Events Schedule is available to registered members of RIDMAT/MRC.
If you are interested in joining our team, visit www.riresponds.org /MRC


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RIDMAT/MRC health professional volunteers provided vaccinations and medical treatment to students of Providence College as second case of meningitis confirmed.
 

95 medical health professional volunteers were activated by the RI Medical Reserve Corps (RIDMAT/MRC) including EMS professionals, Nurses, Pharmacists and Physicians providing over 600 volunteer hours and 3,060 vaccinations.  

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RI Medical Reserve Corps Receives a $20,000 MRC Challenge Award for Public Health Initiatives to Benefit All Rhode Islanders

Funds to be used to decrease deaths from opioid overdose and increase access to life-saving medications.

http://www.noperi.org/

The Rhode Island Medical Reserve Corps has been awarded a $20,000 Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Challenge Award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in partnership with the Office of the Surgeon General. The award will be used to provide opioid overdose prevention, recognition, and treatment education to Rhode Islanders most at risk.  It will also help expand access to naloxone, a life-saving medication that is used to treat opioid overdose.

 

Rhode Island has the seventh highest fatal overdose rate in the nation and drug overdose has been the leading cause of accidental death in the state since 2008. This award will serve as the initial funding for RIDMAT/ MRC's Naloxone and Overdose Prevention Education Program (NOPE-RI). Drawing from the same robust volunteer base that fueled the successful H1N1 vaccination clinics in 2009-2010, NOPE-RI will work collaboratively with community groups and social service organizations that are in contact with the at-risk population to deliver the curriculum.  The program educates opioid users, their families and friends on overdose prevention, overdose recognition, and overdose treatment, including the administration of naloxone (Narcan), a medication that temporarily reverses the effects of opioids.  NOPE-RI works with the Drug Overdose Prevention and Rescue Coalition to ensure that all Rhode Islanders have the tools they need to prevent, recognize, and treat opioid overdose. 



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The RI MRC began in 2003 as a way to recruit and organize medical health professionals and allied personnel to assist the State and local jurisdictions in preparing for and in training for public health and disaster emergencies. 

The RI MRC currently has over 1600 registered health volunteers who are called upon to assist in public health and emergency situations and trainings throughout Rhode Island. 

The RI MRC works hand in hand with the RI Disaster Medical Assistance Team, The RI Department of Health, the RI Emergency Management Agency and local Emergency Management Agencies to provide Hospital Level care to the citizens of Rhode Island at mass gathering events, public health exercises and public health emergencies. 

The RI MRC and its members have become an integral part of the State's preparedness plan and strive to meet the needs of its members and the community by offering emergency training and response exercises on a regular basis. 

As a member of RIDMAT/MRC you will have an important role in Making Readiness a Commitment!


If you are interested in volunteering with the RDMAT/ MRC please take the time to fill out the online application and begin to receive email notifications about MRC events and trainings at www.riresponds.org / MRC  

A new member RIDMAT/MRC orientation session is required for new volunteers prior to volunteering and these orientations are available for online sign up at http://www.riresponds.org / Trainings / Search Open Sessions 

2016 RIDMAT/MRC New Member Orientation Sessions 


All MRC Orientations are held at the RI MRC / RI DMAT Headquarters and begin at 6:30 PM (unless otherwise noted)

RI MRC / RI DMAT Headquarters

Upcoming Orientation Schedule:

 

MARCH 2017

1800 – 1930

25 Seats

 

              

The last orientation session of the 2016 season was held August 23, 2016. 

 

More Orientations sessions will be added for the 2017 season starting in March.

 

In the meantime, members will receive email updates about classroom training opportunities you are able to attend, if interested. 



Please ensure that you have completed the RI MRC online application and  log in tohttp://www.riresponds.org  to  SIGN UP FOR TRAINING.


For more information, please contact
info@riresponds.org or call 1 888 549-3335 Ext 201