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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Research Specialist Works with Medical Reserve Corps During COVID Emergency

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center’s research specialist, Quinn Lewandowski, has been supporting the MRC in their response to the COVID-19 outbreak through his work with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

The six Nebraska MRCs throughout the state have been supporting local public health efforts by: assisting in organizing drives for materials to making masks for those in need, sewing cloth masks, supporting local health departments in contact tracing, providing physiological first-aid, delivering strategic national stockpile supplies, setting up drive thru testing facilities and clinics, and supporting facilities experiencing staffing shortages related to the pandemic outbreak.

We at the PPC salute these amazing men and women for their service to their communities and State throughout this time of need!

Southeast MRC Recognized Nationally for Efforts During 2019 Blizzard and Flood Disaster

Southeast Nebraska Medical Reserve Corps received the Excellence in Key Priorities Award at the 2020 MRC Program Recognition Awards this month. The Southeast Nebraska MRC team was recognized for their efforts during the March 2019 blizzard and flooding disaster. They received the honor for developing and enhancing MRC unit programming to build unit capabilities in priority areas, which they displayed during and after the 2019 Nebraska Flooding Disaster. University of Nebraska Public Policy Center Research Specialist, Quinn Lewandowski, assisted the MRC and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency in planning the Nebraska volunteer response process.