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Introduction to MRC-TRAIN.  SWVA MRC members are encouraged to register on TRAIN Virginia using the same instructions and steps as outlined on this video.  By registering on TRAIN Virginia,  members can: 

  • Quickly find and register for many courses listed on and participating TRAIN affiliate sites,
  • Track your learning with personal online transcripts,
  • Access valuable materials, course reviews, and discussions to improve your learning experience, and
  • Stay informed of the latest public health trainings for your area or expertise.

If SWVA MRC members have questions or problems with TRAIN Virginia, please contact your TRAIN Administrator, Kristina Morris, at

IS-700A, Introduction to National Incident Management System

Introduction to the Incident Command System   - Online Training Opportunity
Description:  ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). 
This is a core requirement for all Medical Reserve Corps members.  Once you have successfully completed the course, please forward your certificate to Kristina Morris at

Introduction to the National Incident Management System   - Online Training Opportunity
Description:  This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
This is a core requirement for all Medical Reserve Corps members.  Once you have successfully completed the course, please forward your certificate to Kristina Morris at

Introduction to Mental Health Preparedness - Online Training Opportunity
This course is designed to help volunteers understand the psychosocial consequences of disasters and what care can assist disaster survivors immediately following a disaster.  ALL Southwest Virginia MRC members are encouraged to complete this course.  This is a web-based course which can be accessed at anytime through VA TRAIN ( Course #1048051.  This course will also be offered later in the year in a classroom setting once trainers are in place.   Check back for classroom training dates. 

You are the Key to HPV Cancer PreventionVolunteer Opportunity
The Tennessee Health Training Center – LIFEPATH has released a new on-line training for health professionals who provide or/or promote immunizations including physicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists.  For full description of the learning objectives, can be found here. 
Continuing Education Credits are available for physicians, pharmacists and nurses.  For questions, contact Paula Masters at mastersp@etsu.eduMay 2016

RAM – Remote Area Medical Expedition – Volunteer Opportunity
Where: Smyth County Airport, Atkins, Virginia                                                                
When: Friday, April 29th – Sunday May 1st
Stan Brock is bringing RAM to Smyth County in April 2016.  If there are health care providers interested in serving at this new event, please find registration information here: .  As with every RAM clinic, the event goes on no matter the weather, so come prepared for whatever Mother Nature may throw at you. 

Early 20th Century Diversity in HealthcareVolunteer Education
Where:  ETSU, Reece Museum in Johnson City
When: Thursday, May 12, 2016, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
This presentation is being offered by the Heritage of Healthcare in Appalachia Consortium and is free and open to the public.  SWVA MRC member, Daniel Gymrek is one of four presenters for this educational event.  For more information, contact Martha Whaley at 423-439-5650. 

Suicide: What We Need To Know Volunteer Opportunity
Where:  Satellite Conference and Live Webcast
When: Thursday, May 19, 2016, 2:00- 4:00 EST 
This webinar is being offered by the Alabama Department of Public Health and does offering Continuing Education credits.  Please see attached flyer for information on instructor, class objectives, registration and accessing the continuing education credits.  For your information, the Alabama Department of Public Health offers a wide-array of excellent on-line training opportunities. 

Assisting Individuals with Access & Functional Needs – Volunteer Training 
Where:  Home or Work Computer
When: Tuesday, May 24th beginning at 6:30 p.m. 
The next available VA MRC volunteer training will be to provide a framework to providing assistance to those with functional and access needs during an emergency.  To register for this free webinar, visit and register for Course #1063202. 

June 2016

Northeast Tennessee Full-Scale Hospital Exercise
Where:  Bristol Regional Medical Center, Holston Valley Medical Center, Indian Path Hospital, VA Medical Center, Franklin Woods Hospital
When: Thursday,June 23, 2016, 8:00 a.m. until Noon
Northeast Tennessee and Sullivan County MRC have invited SWVA MRC members to participate in a full-scale hospital exercise.  Approximately half of the volunteers will be "decontaminated", so if any volunteer is interested in participating in this particular segment, it will be necessary to bring a change of clothes.  Lunch will be provided to all at the end of the exercise.  Please watch for a registration alert; however, if there is interest in participating, contact Kristina Morris at let her know, 276-274-0555.

August 2016



Help…Hope…Healing Suicide Prevention Conference
Where:  Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, VA
When: Friday, August 5, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
This conference was extremely well-received last year and this year, Kevin Hines will be returning as the key-note speaker.  Other speakers will include Lauren Breen with Suicide Prevention Australia and boxer Joe Williams.  Registration is $25 and includes lunch.  For additional information and to register, visit  Questions, contact Amy Bledsoe at

Last Updated: 05-04-2016

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