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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Connecting Volunteers – Protecting Communities

This project increases community resilience in urban and rural areas by equipping volunteer responders with Psychological First Aid (PFA) skills. The Public Policy Center will work with the Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to increase the capacity to deliver PFA training to volunteers by developing a cadre of trainers within the MRC, creating a skills-based PFA refresher course in a web-based environment, and deliver culturally sensitive PFA training to urban and rural volunteer responders.

Certified MRC trainers can then take the PFA training back to other MRC volunteers as well as Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). This project reinforces the National Health Security Strategy’s priority on community resilience by supporting the mental health and well-being of responders and encouraging social connectedness between volunteers.

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