If you are interested in joining our team, visit www.riresponds.org /MRC
RIDMAT/MRC’S 2016 ANNUAL REPORT
Please find attached a review of the organization and its activities throughout the past year in RIDMAT/MRC's 2016 Annual Report
Thank you to those that participated in making an impact on the public health and readiness of Rhode Island and its communities by exercising capabilities and ensuring that DMAT/MRC is ready when called.
We look forward to welcoming a new class of 2017 members and a busy, safe and well planned year ahead.
2017 RIDMAT/MRC NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION SESSIONS
Orientations are required for new members of RIDMAT/MRC to be covered and considered active. Orientations offer a tour of the facility, badge picture and t-shirt distribution as well as a review of the DMAT’s Medical Reserve Corps and its mission. The orientations last just over an hour and are all located at the RIDMAT/MRC headquarters at 50 Barnett Lane West Greenwich, RI 02817. RI MRC / RI DMAT Warehouse Map
Please sign in to www.riresponds.org / Training. Once you have selected a session, the orientation will be moved to your “Signed Up” folder. A confirmation email will be sent prior to the event for those signed up. Once the class has filled up, it will be removed from www.riresponds.org. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problems.
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.
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.