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Virtual Workshop with
Dr. Sean Elliott
COVID-19 and Variants
What's Happening Now and What's Next with Omicron?
9:00 - 10:30
Ample Time for Questions
COVID-19 Outbreak Tracker. Johns Hopkins
Experts Address Parents’ Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines
Available at azhealth.gov/TownHalls in English, and in English with Spanish subtitles, the 30-minute video features:
Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th U.S. Surgeon General and Special Adviser to Governor Doug Ducey on public health emergency preparedness;
Jessica Rigler, ADHS Assistant Director for Public Health Preparedness; and
Dr. Sean P. Elliott, a Tucson Medical Center physician specializing in pediatric infectious diseases.
Founded, September 30, 2002
One of 50 original MRC units
Established as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, 2003
Hurricane Katrina Evacuee Shelter, August, 2005
Authorization of HB-2599, November, 2005
Measles Outbreak, 2008
Student MRC Established, 2008
H1N1 Influenza Pandemic response, 2009
MRC-UA established, 2010
Tenth Anniversary, 2012
Emergency Civilian Casualty Care, 2014
Power Outage Roundtable, 2014
Ebola and All-Hazards Forum, 2014
MRCSA State Coordinators Meeting, February 2015
MOU signed with AZCHER, April 2015
Renewed MOU with Red Cross, June, 2015
Power Outage Roundtable - Next Steps, November 2015
Southern Arizona MRC Alliance, 2016
Affiliation with Southern Arizona Interagency Peer Support Team, June 2017
Pima County LOOP Opening, March 2018
Pima County Mass Care Exercise, May 2018
Cochise County Hepatitis A Response, Summer 2019
MIRT Team, October 2019
First Annual Brain Health Conference, November 2019
Public Health Team, February 2020
TUS Mass Casualty Exercise - March 10, 2020
COVID-19 Disease Investigation - March 16 - October 16, 2020
COVID-19 PODs December 17, 2020 - June 30, 2021
Shelter Support Team Established December 4, 2021
Pima County Medical Society
Kachina Business Systems
Hilton Tucson East
Northwest Medical Center
Tucson Fire Department
Arizona Healthcare Coalition - South
Tucson Medical Center
Southern Arizona Chapter of American Red Cross
Southern Arizona Interagency Peer Support Team
Pima County JTED EMT Program
NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador
Southern Arizona COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster)
U of A Flying Samaritans
MRCSA welcomes licensed health and medical personnel, including nurses, nurse practitioners, veterinarians, pharmacists, doctors, chiropractors, physician assistants, behavioral health professionals and dentists.
Volunteers with active licenses as well as retired health professionals and students in healthcare career tracks are the Medical Reserve Corps of Southern Arizona.
MRCSA Community Roles and Responsibilities
MRCSA volunteers are prepared to provide surge capacity in local disasters, including but not limited to assisting with medical and non-medical functions at mass prophylaxis and vaccination clinics; exercise and drill planning and participation; staffing call centers and phone banks; post-event incident follow-up; supporting continuity of operations for hospitals and clinics during public health emergencies; assisting community long-term recovery efforts through outreach and assistance; data collection and entry; general and post crisis education; foreign language education and interpretation; information technology support; local resource dissemination; and other logistical support at public clinics. Non-emergent activities address daily community health needs.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for the management and oversight of the non-profit corporation. They review and approve all MRCSA documents and initiatives. The Board is responsible for community outreach to ensure sustainability and recommends methods to build and grow the organization. They would also be at the forefront of any legislative action that may be required for growth or sustainability.
Our 2021 Board of Directors:
Keith Boesen PharmD, President
Sheldon Marks MD, Vice President
Steve Nash, Treasurer
Mary Stebbins RN
Cynthia Dowdall PhD
Harry McDermott MD
Sean Elliott MD
MRCSA Shelter Support Team
In partnership with the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Shelter Operations Team is trained to respond to disaster and emergency shelter operations within the region. Team member are physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and other medical professionals. Non-medical volunteers fill important support roles.
MRCSA Program Planning Team
Established in 2015, the MRCSA Leadership Team was reconstituted in 2020 as the Program Planning Team. The Team is comprised of members who are devoted to the professional growth and development of the program through training and other educational and community outreach opportunities.
The Program Planning Team develops the training and exercise calendar which is posted on our web calendar. Click on the tab above to view the calendar.
MRCSA Public Health Team
The Public Health Team supports the mission of the Pima County Health Department. Members have participated in back to school immunization clinics, Influenza vaccination clinics, Epidemiology case investigation and, currently, COVID-19 Points of Dispensing.
MRCSA Mass Incident Response Team
MIRT is a team of specialists who are trained to support local, state and federal agencies in response to a significant mass casualty incident. MIRT was founded in 2019.
Disaster Distress Hotline
CDC Managing CoVID-19 Stress
Poison Centers Resource
From the United States and its territories, call 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor, 24/7.Spanish-speakers can call the hotline and press “2”for 24/7 bilingual support. Callers to the hotline can also connect with counselors in over 100 other languages via 3rd-party interpretation services.
To connect with a live Disaster Distress Hotline crisis counselor 24/7 text “TalkWithUs” for English or “Hablanos” for Spanish to 66746.
Coping with COVID Vaccine Anxiety
Thanks to our partners at the University of Arizona for these resources