Supporting and stabilizing communities in crisis using an integrative response
The medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is part of a nationwide initiative to pre-register, manage, and mobilize volunteers to help their communities respond to various events including, mass casualty incidents, emergency medical response, man-made and natural disasters, shelter operations, critical crisis support events etc. MRC units also help to foster disaster preparedness on a local level and serve as Ambassadors to the Office of the United States Surgeon General in the implementation of the Surgeon General’s Health Initiatives such as health education, mass vaccinations. The structure of each MRC unit varies, depending on its own unique requirements and on the needs of the people and community that it serves and will aid the local, existing community emergency medical response systems. Our MRC’s mission statement is supporting and stabilizing communities in crisis using an integrative response.
Our NM Integrative Wellness MRC team is a disaster response team comprised of volunteers, including licensed acupuncturists and mental health professionals, along with NM certified acudetox specialists following the 5 point auricular detox protocols. Our mission is to support and stabilize communities in crisis, (evacuees and first responders) using an integrative response, including community acupuncture, psychological first aid, and the 5 point auricular detox protocol for stress mitigation.
Our First Deployment
Our MRC was deployed for the first time after the Aztec school shooting on December 7th, 2017. Eleni Fredlund, Bobbie McKenzie, and two other MRC volunteers, Scott Paterson, CADS and Deb Boehme, DOM, went to the High School and Middle School over a two-week period. They were joined by three acudetox staff from Navajo Regional Behavioral Health (NRBHC), Albuquerque Public Schools Counselors, and the Crisis Response team. Over the two week period, volunteers documented 1501 ear-seed treatments to students and staff. Students enjoyed the quiet of the acudetox room and did not want to leave even after their ear-seeds were put in. Some were so interested they were taught the Shen Men point and trained as “seed ambassadors.” They bought ear-seeds themselves from Amazon. It was the time that the Star Wars movie ‘The Last Jedi’ came out and because Eleni is a fan, she sent the teenagers out “to go forth and seed the universe!” Approximately 200 students were taught the ear-seeds. They provided an unknown number of additional ear-seed treatments for their families and friends.
How to Join
As a member for the NM Integrative Wellness MRC Unit,please:
Go to https://volunteer.nmmrcserves.org/
Click on: Register now
Go to: Add organizations
Choose: NM Integrative Wellness MRC Unit, by checking the check box, then click the select-it button at the bottom of the window.If you cannot see our unit, go ahead and join NM MRC, Once joined we will be able to transfer you to our unit.
Go to account information and create a user name and password.You will need your drivers license information.
Follow the prompts to complete Profile, Identity, Deployment Preference, Contacts, Occupation, Medical History, Licenses etc. You can do each section at your own pace. It takes from 30-45 mins. Having your graduation dates, license numbers, vaccination records would be handy, however, not having them doesn’t interfere with your completing most of it.
If you have any questions about registering, please contact:
Eleni Fredlund, LMHC, ADS Registered Trainer
firstname.lastname@example.org (505) 709-0033
Have questions? Download our NM MRC FAQ! (click here)
Initial training for deployment includes Registration; CPR and First Aid; an introduction to the Federal Emergency Management Agency structure and procedures (FEMA IS-100); and Introduction to Acu-wellness in Disaster Settings or Psychological First Aid.
Many of these trainings are online. We also have other elective trainings on relevant topics.
Register on-line for NM Integrative Wellness MRC at https://volunteer.nmmrcserves.org – requirement. Takes 30-45 minutes. See above.
Complete FEMA Trainings (free online classes) – 3-4 hrs each.
- Go to https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid Choose Register for a FEMA SID button on Right
- Go to: www.training.fema.gov/is/ In the Search IS box enter IS-100.C After reading the course overview, you will notice on the right hand side there are three highlighted links, which are “take this course”, “classroom materials”, and “take final exam” Complete Interactive Web Based Course and the final exam. Save Certificate
- Repeat all the steps for IS-200.C IS-700.C and IS800.C