Medical Reserve Corps and You
Captain Rob Tosatto is Director, Medical Reserve Corps, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CAPT Tosatto discussed the mission of the MRC program. He mentioned how and why officers in the Public Health Service should support its activities through a local MRC Unit.
The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of local groups of volunteers engaging local communities to strengthen public health, reduce vulnerability, build resilience, and improve preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities. Click here to find a MRC Unit near you. Click here for a guide for PHS officers interested in the MRC Program.
"Medical Reserve Corps and You;" recorded on February 12, 2017; CAPT Rob Tosatto and John McElligott (COA staff) speaking. Click here for the slides.
Blended Retirement System
Executive Director Jim Currie hosted a webinar called, "The New Uniformed Services Retirement System: How Does It Affect You?" CDR Mark McKinnon of Commissioned Corps Headquarters assisted in answering many questions specific to the Public Health Service. Click the link below to access the archived webinar.
For questions about your retirement situation within the Public Health Service, contact CDR Mark McKinnon at Mark.McKinnon@hhs.gov.
"The New Uniformed Services Retirement System: How Does It Affect You?" (59 minutes); recorded on March 29, 2016; James T. Currie, PhD, CDR Mark McKinnon, and John McElligott speaking. Click here for the slides.
Communicating with News Media
Executive Director Jim Currie hosted a webinar to assist Public Health Service officers to understand the nature of the people with whom they are communicating in the news media, including what motivates them. Below are links to the audio recording, some slides Jim presented, and a case study he referenced. His tips included:
- Get to know the reporters who cover your organization on a regular basis.
- Seek them out when you have a news story, rather than sending out a blind press release.
- Small newspapers and radio stations love everything.
- Tell your story and give your answers simply and in a straight-forward fashion.
- Understand that sound-bites are important and can make or break your career.
- Never try to deny the obvious.
- Do not use jargon or acronyms.