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|Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.|
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Recognizing the need to recruit and coordinate volunteers to assist during a public health emergency, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS), in partnership with state county and local health departments, has launched a statewide program that actively involves citizens in helping our communities and state respond to a terrorism event or natural disaster.
The New Jersey Medical Reserve Corps (NJMRC) will be a resource of volunteer physicians, nurses, pharmacists and others with a broad range of skills in medicine, public health and other support fields such as data entry, security and hospitality services who could respond to any public health emergency.
The program is designed to identify and register individuals who are willing to serve and volunteer their skills, expertise and time within their county, city or municipality during a public health emergency. The NJMRC was created under the auspices of the New Jersey Citizens Corps program, a federally organized program that is designed to strengthen our state’s overall homeland security activities.
“Our preparedness plans are only as strong as our volunteer base,” said Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D., Commissioner of the Department of Health and Senior Services. “Individuals who register for the New Jersey Medical Reserve Corps will be integral members of the collaborative partnerships that exist between our county/local public health agencies and their local offices of emergency management.”
Health care professionals and community volunteers can register for the NJMRC. Any licensed or certified health care professional, practicing or retired, who lives or works in
Volunteers may be called on during a public health emergency to perform a variety of functions needed to protect the health of
Volunteers will be required to participate in training and education programs which will be established and outlined by the New Jersey DHSS and provided by county and local health agencies.
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P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360