Students help Hall County prepare for flu

October 19, 2016

UGA Medical Reserve Corps volunteers (MRC) and UGA College of Public Health students in disaster management made the news as they helped prepare citizens in Hall County for flu season.

On Monday Oct. 19, North Health District 2 and the Hall County Health Department partnered with J.A. Walters YMCA to conduct a drive thru flu clinic  at the YMCA facility.

In support of this effort, District 2 Emergency Preparedness Director, Mark Palen, invited the UGA Medical Reserve Corps and its students to work in the clinic. This clinic gives the District the opportunity to test its plans to distribute medications to citizens during times of emergency.

MRC volunteers and students filled positions in traffic control, screening, registration and observation as a part of an ongoing collaboration between North Health District 2 and UGA’s College of Public Health and UGA Medical Reserve Corps.

“Working this clinic gives students an excellent opportunity to apply skills and knowledge”, says Nina Cleveland, the MRC Unit Director.  “We are very appreciative that District 2’s E.P. team includes us.”

MRC volunteers and disaster management students who participated included Angela Adams, Quynh-Vu Dinh, Brooks Moeller Kara Giannone, John Kotval, Parker Prins, and Kyle Schwartz.

Read the Gainesville Times coverage of the event here: