Track 4: Enhancing Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Management Systems
Part A: Mobilizing Mental Health Volunteers for Behavioral Health Recovery
The demand for mental health volunteers soon after a shooting in Virginia Beach on May 31, 2019, in which twelve people were fatally shot and four were wounded, was immediate. This session will share challenges and best practices in coordinating with partners, mobilizing Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, and managing a three-month deployment after the event.
Part B: Public Health Response to the Merrimack Valley Gas Event
On September 13, 2018, excessive pressure in natural gas lines caused a series of explosions and fires to occur in as many as 40 homes, with over 80 individual fires, in the Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts, towns of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover. The Merrimack Valley Gas Event had an impact on thousands of residents and businesses in Massachusetts. This session will discuss the public health response to the event, as well as the recovery phase. Topics will include the use of Medical Reserve Corps resources, assistance rendered to food establishments, and the use of temporary housing.