Medical Reserve Corps
The University's Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is comprised of students, staff, and faculty from the AHC and Boynton Health Service; it includes more than 1,000 members. OER is responsible for the recruitment, credentialing, training, and deployment of MRC members. Since 2004, the University's MRC has aided in emergency response and public health initiatives on campus and the broader community. The University's MRC is recognized by the Department of Health and Human Service's Office of the Surgeon General.
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AHC-OER is responsible for the development of campus-level plans and procedures that address a variety of health emergency scenarios. Personnel also participate in broader campus planning efforts representing public health emergency response expertise and resources. The AHC-OER Director and staff provide academic public health expertise as members of most local, regional, and state-level planning committees, task forces, and advisory groups established to address public health and health system prepardness and response.
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Building Emergency Plans
AHC-OER coordinates with the Department of Emergency Management the development of Building Emergency Plans on campus. It ensures that a plan is completed for each AHC building, tracks plan completion, and supports the planning process. Each AHC building on campus is to have a current Building Emergency Plan.
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24/7 emergency response system
AHC-OER is part of the University of Minneosta campus-wide and the Medical Center’s response system receiving 24/7 notification of all emergencies affecting the AHC and all health emergencies or potential health emergencies on campus. AHC-OER personnel follow a response procedure for determining the need for additional internal and external notifications and appropriate response actions.
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Training, curricular enhancements, and interdisciplinary education
AHC-OER personnel have developed a number of online and in-person training materials and modules with financial support provided by federal funding to the School of Public Health. These have included the following:
- Mass Dispensing Site module (online)
- Offsite Care Facility module (online)
- Medical Reserve Corps Orientation module (online)
- Volunteer Management Toolkit (online)
- Psychological First Aid training (face-to-face)
- Personal and Family Preparedness workshops (face-to-face)
- Quarterly one-day live public health preparedness and response simulations for interdisciplinary student teams