Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
Author: Dana Dudley, MSW and Kayla Siviy, MSW, ASPR Division of Community Mitigation and Recovery. Published Date: 7/29/2021 10:48:00 AM
Category: Response & Recovery;
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units have faced challenging situations and many dedicated volunteers have performed extraordinary work as they partner with their local communities in
response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The MRC is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. Since the beginning of the pandemic, many MRC units have been faced with, and worked to address, behavioral health needs by implementing effective strategies to promote team well-being and resilience.
These strategies have offered meaningful support to MRC volunteers who have served in a variety of high stress situations – from medical surge support at healthcare facilities to mass vaccinations – and can be adopted by other organizations to support their people.
Mitigation strategies that MRC units have utilized include:
COVID-19 has caused anxiety in communities across the country, and MRC units have been working to ensure that they meet both the physical and the behavioral health needs of the communities they serve. Here are two concepts that some MRC units have implemented to help build resilience.
Addressing the behavioral health consequences of high stress missions is important to fostering psychological safety in the workplace. Sharing best practices, innovative strategies and resources is a critical part of the process of supporting team health and well-being.
Serving communities during health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic can be stressful, but it is often very rewarding. Despite the challenges, many volunteers are proud to serve their communities and really enjoy being part of a team that is making a difference. If you think you may be interested in becoming a part of the MRC, take a few minutes to
learn more and
find a unit in your area.
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