Gillette, Wyoming (January 16, 2014)— Campbell County Medical Reserve Corps (CCMRC) has been awarded a $20,000 Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Challenge Award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in partnership with the Office of the Surgeon General. The award will be used to develop a sustainable program of mindfulness-based stress reduction available to residents throughout Campbell County. The MRC Challenge Award funds MRC units to carry out innovative projects in their communities that can be replicated on a national level and align with one of four focus areas: community resilience; chronic disease prevention; partners for empowered communities; and mental and emotional well-being.
“Campbell County Medical Reserve Corps is part of the national network of dedicated volunteers and leaders engaged in local communities across the nation whose missions are to strengthen public health, improve the response to emergencies, and build resiliency,” said CAPT Rob Tosatto, Director of the Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps. “With the challenges we face today, we must constantly look for sustainable and cost effective ways to improve health and safety while reducing disaster and health risks. The Challenge Awards help the recipient MRC units tackle unique issues in their communities with innovative approaches, and the ideas generated can then be translated and disseminated to other units to benefit our nation as a whole.”
Mind Your Community is a program to train 40 individuals in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, an evidence-based program with demonstrated benefits of increasing emotional resilience and reducing stress, anxiety, and depression levels in participants. Emotional resilience is the ability to recover from or adjust to misfortune or change. Participation in mindfulness groups not only builds individuals’ resilience in the face of trauma and distress, it also builds a sense of unity and community, further building their community’s resilience. These 40 trained individuals commit to volunteer service to teach mindfulness techniques throughout the community. This program is innovative in its method of providing a trained volunteer force committed to working together to develop a sustainable means of increasing mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing across a broad spectrum of the communities of Campbell County.
Nearly 200 MRC units from across the United States completed the application, and the top 29 most promising applicants received awards totaling nearly $600,000 to implement the proposed initiatives. Mind Your Community! begins early this year.
About Campbell County Medical Reserve Corps
CCMRC is a volunteer-driven organization developed to build resiliency, increase emergency preparedness, and enhance emergency response in our County. CCMRC volunteers have a range of backgrounds, both medical and nonmedical, providing many services for the community, including trainings and exercises. More volunteers are needed. Anyone interested in joining can register at https://volunteerwave.org
About the National Association of County and City Health Officials
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation's 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities. For more information about NACCHO, please visit www.naccho.org.