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1/8/2003

Pharmacy Well Represented in National Volunteer Organization

Kate Traynor

ASHP has a new venue to promote pharmacists’ important role in providing patient care services during health emergencies. The Society recently became a charter member of the newly formed National Citizens Corps Council.

The Council brings together leaders from first-responder groups, emergency management agencies, volunteer service organizations, state and local governments, and the private sector to promote community and family preparedness. ASHP is the only pharmacist organization invited to serve on the Council.

As part of the Council, ASHP will encourage pharmacists to volunteer to serve in local units of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). The MRC organizes both practicing and retired health professionals to provide patient care services during a large-scale local health emergency. MRC volunteers may also be called on to assist in ongoing public health initiatives, such as providing immunizations.