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Health Department seeks emergency volunteers

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The New Mexico Department of Health is seeking volunteers to help during emergencies.

The New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps (NM MRC) maintains New Mexico’s statewide registry of volunteer healthcare providers and support personnel. It is part of the Emergency Systems for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR VHP).

The NM MRC Serves program has more than 2,100 volunteers across the state, both medical and non-medical, and averages 6,500 volunteer hours per year. Between 50,000 and 60,000 New Mexicans are served annually. Volunteers are provided with state tort liability coverage during times of activation and deployment. Right now, many volunteers are helping to provide screening services for migrants.

Volunteers needed include clinical social workers, dentists, EMTs/paramedics, laboratory technologists and technicians, marriage and family therapists, medical records and health information technicians, mental health counselors, nurses, nurses aides, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, radiologic technologists and technicians, respiratory therapists and veterinarians.

Register online for NM MRC Serves at nmmrcserves.org. For questions, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Bobbie MacKenzie, bobbie.mackenzie@state.nm.us.