2022 UTRMC Operational Readiness Awards (ORA) Program
UTMRC has received several awards from National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). We recently became one of the recipients of the new 2022 UTMRC Operational Readiness Awards (ORA). The overall project goals for ORA award are to: Strengthen our unit’s capability and capacity through training; Collaborate with response partners to develop sustainable training plans to expand our unit’s readiness to respond to disasters and emergencies; and Enhance community members’ readiness to respond to disasters or emergencies.
2021 Medical Reserve Corps Operational Readiness Awards (ORA) Program
The goals of this project were to strengthen our unit’s readiness to respond to ever-changing epidemiological occurrences related to COVID-19 and potential influenza outbreaks, to strengthen our mass vaccination mission set, using lessons learned from mass flu vaccinations to support local response plans, and to develop a mission set for implementing a point of distribution training and exercise plan.
2020 Medical Reserve Corps COVID-19 Operational Readiness Award (ORA) Program
In response to the pandemic, UTMRC organized its incident command system and participated in the following activities: distribution of PPE, contact tracing training, and planning with Austin Public Health and Homeland Security to establish an Alternate Care Site. Due to the trusted partnership between the City of Austin (COA), School of Nursing (SON), and UTMRC, training and advice from UTMRC has been provided to the COA when requested.
Challenge Award 2017: “P.R.E.P.A.R.E.D.” Program
UTMRC’s People Ready Emotionally & Physically and Able to Respond to Emergencies and Disasters (PREPARED) Program aimed to strengthen the community’s ability to prepare, respond, and recover from incidents. The PREPARED program strengthened our community in the following ways: Trained members of the Austin community in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA); Conducted weekly mindfulness and yoga sessions for the community; Trained healthcare professionals in Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS); and Taught children and parents about individual emergency preparedness.
Challenge Award 2016: UTMRC Mental Health and Well Being Program
The University of Texas at Austin Medical Reserve Corps (UTMRC) Mental Health and Wellbeing (MHW) program aimed to strengthen the mental health of students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the UT campus and promote community resilience by doing the following: 1) training members of the UT community in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and 2) offering weekly 1-hour meditation and yoga sessions at the School of Nursing (SON) for UT faculty staff and students.