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Greater La Crosse Area MRC receives $10,000 readiness award



FILE - Volunteers work at a La Crosse area COVID-19 testing site.

A $10,000 reward for a local group in the health field.

The Greater La Crosse Area Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) received an Operational Readiness Award on Wednesday from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

The MRC prepares volunteers to help with local emergency response efforts and support local public health activities. There are over 762 local unites with 272,000 volunteers.

Over $360,000 in awards was given out to 43 of the 3,000 local health departments throughout the country.

There were two sets of awards:

  • Tier 1: $5,000 – Build MRC Response Capabilities: Provide funds for units to build capabilities to meet local response needs. This funding may support units that are smaller in size, have a specific/targeted need, a newly formed unit, or a unit that is focused on rebuilding their MRC unit if previously inactive or underutilized.
  • Tier 2: $10,000 – Strengthen MRC Response Capabilities: Provide funds for units to strengthen current capabilities for evolving response missions. This funding is intended for units that have an established volunteer management structure, have the capacity to further expand their unit response capabilities, have a demonstrated record of supporting public health emergency responses, or have a record of supporting multiple natural disaster response missions.

The awards are made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s Medical Reserve Corps Program.

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