Last spring our unit
was awarded a highly competitive grant! Of 240 applicants, ours
was one of 80 MRC units to receive this great honor. (Details
about the grant process and the other winning entries are provided
at the bottom of this web page.)
NACCHO provided us
with $7,500 for a project
over the coming year named "Partnering to Boost Resilience
in Special Needs Preschools."
Among other things,
these funds were provided so that our members could:
- Bring CPR classes
to teachers and aides in our region's special needs preschools.
We were shocked to discover that many of these schools cannot
afford to offer these life-saving courses to their staff
members!!! Thus we were delighted to receive funding to help
us provide these skills.
- Upgrade our aging
CPR supplies, especially given new AHA requirements for feedback
- Certify interested
MRC volunteers who would like to become AHA Instructors.
- Train our volunteers
about caring for special needs preschoolers in a disaster.
We are close to completing
all of our grant commitments:
- Trained six of our
own volunteers as AHA Instructors as promised, then recruited
- Purchased 8 adult
feedback manikins (4 Prestan and 4 Laerdal), a 4-pack of AEDs,
workbooks, pocket masks, and other classroom essentials.
- Certified 10 SPED
staff members in Westford (10/8/18) and 31 in Chelmsford (1/8/19)
in Heartsaver CPR/AED
- Scheduled additional
Heartsaver classes for Feb. 5 (inviting Tyngsboro SPED), 13
and 27 (15 staff members for each in Billerica).
By the end of February,
we'll have trained at least 75 SPED staff members in CPR (having
promised 70). We'll also try to offer classes for Dracut, Lowell,
and Tewksbury by June 30, if schedules and remaining funds permit.
We're currently working with instructors to schedule a class for
our members about the care of special needs preschoolers in disaster
-- possibly at Training Day on April 6.
NACCHO Funds 80
Innovative Community Projects through 2018 Medical Reserve Corps
NACCHO in partnership with the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program
Office, Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is pleased
to announce the selection of 80 MRC units to receive the 2018
MRC Challenge Award. Over 240 MRC units across the country submitted
applications for one of three funding categories: $2,500, $7,500,
or $12,500. The tiered funding levels allowed MRC units to select
the funding level that met their needs and those of the community
The Challenge Award aims to focus innovation in areas that are
aligned with national health initiatives that are also significant
at the local level. MRC units could propose projects that employ
a number of approaches, such as educational programs, formation
of unique partnerships, community outreach, and creation of innovative
tools or systems. Unit leaders were also encouraged to use this
opportunity to evaluate their programs and translate the processes
and outcomes through research.
After a competitive two-tiered review process, NACCHO selected
80 MRC units to receive the award.
25 MRC units will receive $2,500 to fund projects focused
on strengthening MRC unit capabilities.
44 MRC units will receive $7,500 for community-based initiatives
that build MRC volunteer engagement and capabilities, engage community
partners, and improve community health and resiliency.
11 MRC units will receive $12,500 to build collaboration
across multiple MRC units, community stakeholders, or academic
institutions to increase MRC capabilities, build MRC brand awareness,
and develop shared resources.
See the full list of 2018
MRC Challenge Award Projects or for more information go to: