In the event of a large-scale public health emergency requiring mass prophylaxis, thousands of volunteers will be needed to assist public health officials with the set-up and operation of Point of Dispensing (POD) to rapidly dispense medication to the community.
Volunteers will also be needed to provide “personnel surge capacity” to public health and other response organizations when emergency response needs exceed existing staffing capabilities.
During a disease outbreak (e.g. H1N1, West Nile Virus, measles, etc.), volunteers are needed to assist public health officials with response efforts such as:
- Conducting “contact” investigations
- Staffing vaccination / medication clinics
- Community outreach, education and call center operations
In some cases, public health staff may be reassigned to other roles, in which case volunteers are needed to fill staffing gaps to assist in maintaining day-to-day operations.
Whether you have five minutes or five hours, you can help your community. GCMRC volunteers are needed throughout the year to assist with a variety of non-emergency community events that support public health initiatives and promote health and wellness in the community.
Whether it’s assisting with MRC recruitment and training activities, distributing educational materials at health and wellness fairs, staffing a first aid station at a run / walk, helping with language translation or back-to-school immunization events, you can make a difference in the community. Click here for MRC Training.