during the quiet summer months, the unit is still moving along. Here is some progress
to share for the month of July.
Some of our members attended a class at Saints Memorial Medical Center in Lowell,
to acquire hands-on practice with personal protective equipment and decontamination
procedures. The class was offered through a partnership with the Massachusetts
Department of Public Health and Department of Fire Services. The material was
of special interest to anyone who may be providing assistance at hospitals during
Cahill getting duct-taped into his gear.
Cahill and Nancy Burns, in their first layer of protective
Cox, of the Board of Health for the City of Lowell, completing the look. A
close-up of Burns with respiratory protection.
The new coordinator for MRCs across Massachusetts was introduced at the statewide
quarterly meeting, held at the Wyndham in Westboro on July 28. Regina Villa is
the owner of Regina Villa Associates, which was contracted as the statewide coordinator
for the MRCs. Villa is a nurse by training, with a master's degree in public health
administration, and has been running a firm specializing in environmental and
public health issues for 28 years.
her new role with the MRCs, Villa observed, "There are such interesting things
going on at the local level, I'm really looking forward to supporting these activities."
state and regional coordinators were among the presenters at the latest statewide
MRC meeting. Left: Jennifer Frenette, Region I MRC Coordinator for USDHHS. Right:
Regina Villa, MA MRC Coordinator.
Frenette, Region I MRC Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, was also on hand to report on the MRCs from a New England perspective.
Frenette represents units in MA, RI, ME, NH, VT, and CT. "The sharing of
information among the statewide units links and unites us in our region,"
said Frenette. "It's great that Massachusetts has recognized the need for
a state coordinator, which also helps me to unify all six New England states."
The state of New Hampshire has also recently hired a state volunteer MRC coordinator.
Another series of training classes is being launched, starting with a triage class
on Saturday, August 20. Remember to check the calendar and training section on
this web site periodically for updates.