Central Ga. to Launch “Operation Get Healthy” with $20,000 Grant

January 23, 2014

The Central Georgia Medical Reserve Corps (CGMRC) 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 conduct health screenings for the participants of Macon Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9709’s monthly food giveaway. The project goals are to conduct various health screenings and to educate the participants on the importance of getting regular health screenings. CGMRC has named this project “Operation Get Healthy.”

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.

“Central Georgia 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.”

The overall goal of Operation Get Healthy is to increase the resilience of this vulnerable population by increasing their motivation and ability to prevent or manage heart disease and diabetes.

Nearly 200 MRC units from across the U.S. completed the application, and the top 29 most promising applicants received awards totaling nearly $600,000 to implement the proposed initiatives. Operation Get Healthy will begin early this year.

“We are very proud that the Central Georgia Medical Reserve Corps received a Challenge Award from NACCHO,” said Denys Fluitt, volunteer coordinator. “This award will allow us to reach individuals in the central Georgia area that may not have regular access to health care.”

NACCHO has worked with the Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps within the Office of the Surgeon General, the federal government agency that oversees the national MRC network, through a cooperative agreement since 2006. For more information on the Medical Reserve Corps, please visit www.medicalreservecorps.gov.  For more information about CGMRC, http://northcentralhealthdistrict.org/mrc/.

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