Copy                                                                                         December 2016
Recently, CCPMRC taught emergency preparedness and community resilience to DC senior residents at the Seabury Resources for Aging's Ward 5 Health Fair. Several seniors went home with tools such as flashlights, first aid kits, and Preparedness Cards to help ensure their preparedness at home. Through our PrepareDC Outreach, CCPMRC impacts hundreds of residents in underserved areas of the District of Columbia through monthly initiatives.

HIV/AIDS Where Are We Now?
December 1st is a day were many individuals, families, and communities bring awareness to World AIDS Day. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a disease that can be developed due to lack of treatment and proper care against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Although there is no cure yet for HIV, through proper medical treatment and monitoring, it can be controlled.
The UNAIDS reports that by the end of 2015, there were 36.7 million people living with HIV/AIDs worldwide. Particularly in the United States, there are more than 1.2 million people living with HIV. There have been great efforts to combat this disease and it is evident as the number of new cases has declined, but there is still much more efforts that are needed to bring awareness, educate the public, and increase disadvantaged communities access to proper care. With this vision in mind, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States was launched by President Obama on July 13, 2010 and it has been updated with aims for 2020.
The intention of this National Strategy has four goals beginning with reducing new cases of infection and HIV-related disparities, to improving health outcomes and national responses to the epidemic. As students, pharmacists, and healthcare professionals within our community it is important to bring conscious efforts and honest care to those who are affected by HIV/AIDS. The 2016 Federal theme is “Leadership. Commitment. Impact.”  As CCPMRC members and volunteers it is important for us to educate the communities to be proactive in testing and maintaining treatment plans against HIV/AIDS. Also to provide additional supportive resources on healthy living and understanding where the gaps in our communities are in order streamline all efforts and minimize health disparities.
So get ready for World AIDS DAY! Show support, positivity, and encourage others to be participate!
National MRC Updates
Substance abuse is an on-going crisis within the borders of the United States.  Whether it is alcohol, drugs, or illegal substances being abused, the number of individuals who have a substance abuse disorder is substantially high. Fortunately, this is a crisis in which prevention is possible, treatment is available, and recovery is conceivable.  According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 22.7 million Americans needed treatment for substance abuse in 2013; however, only 2.5 million people received it.  On November 17th, 2016, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy released a report detailing the health crisis within the country: addressing the prevalence of substance abuse; the costliness of the crisis; and information regarding the treatment gap.
As a medical reserve corps, specialized in pharmacy, CCPMRC has the responsibility to take on this public health crisis.  By educating our volunteers on substance abuse identification, treatment availability, and administration instructions, we are doing our part both as healthcare providers and emergency responders in fighting the substance abuse epidemic.  On November 18th, 2016, Howard University College of Pharmacy hosted a training on the use of naloxone for the treatment of opioid abuse.  Howard University staff and students, as well as CCPMRC volunteers, were invited to take part in this training, increasing their knowledge and exposure to the matter.  This is a first step in the right direction, as CCPMRC prepares to continue training our volunteers on such matters.  We are allies to fighting substance abuse and hope that you join us in the journey.

To read more about the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, click the following link:
Volunteer Spotlight
Jennifer I. Aka, Pharm.D.
Health Outcomes Research Fellow 

Trusted Health
1. Why did you choose pharmacy as a profession? 
I've always had a passion for the sciences and medicine but I didn't fall in love with pharmacy until I completed a pharmacy internship in my undergraduate studies. I liked the idea of being an immediate point of contact for helping people feel better. I also was attracted to the respect of the profession and it's work life balance profile. Also, being able to work hard and reap great benefits and compensation was a plus as well. I love what I do currently as a research pharmacist fellow because I am able to help shape and improve the way we manage population health through my contribution of knowledge and health services which is fulfilling.
2. Why do you volunteer for CCPMRC?
Capitol City Pharmacy Medical Reserve Corps is a unique organization that is vital for the community. I love to give back to our community and I always look forward to the different opportunities that will help prepare our DC community for emergencies. Also, I enjoy the fact that when I choose to volunteer with CCPMRC I usually learn something along the way.
3. What activities have you participated in recently with CCPMRC?
I've participated in the National DEA Take Back Initiative, CCPMRC Wellness Fair for our senior citizens, SMART 911 registration, and active shooter/patient tracking training.
4. Where do you see the future of pharmacy?
In the future, I see the profession of pharmacy gaining provider status, reaching new heights and special recognition on how diverse and efficient we are in delivering healthcare, and making it back to the number one ranking as the Most Trusted Profession.
5. Why are pharmacists an integral part of the healthcare team? Pharmacists are an integral part of the healthcare team because we bring expertise in medication therapy management which is essential for the management and improvement of health. Additionally, we are one of the most accessible health care providers in the community and we serve as a source of knowledge and resource that save lives.
6. What are your hobbies?
Some of my hobbies include cooking, fitness, reading, laser tag, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Learn More!

RealOpt© for Point of Dispensing

December 8, 2016

Learn how to design a POD site through computer modeling. This virtual training is hosted by the CDC and DSLR.

Click the link below to register:

Look out for the 4th Annual Wellness Fair next spring!
Are you interested in being featured in the Volunteer Spotlight? If you are a current member, be sure to check your email in the future for details! 
Upcoming Events

December 10, 2016

EdFest at the DC Armory
MRC's Impact On the Nation's Capitol  -  November 2016


How can I maintain my active member status? 
  1. Participate in AT LEAST 3 community outreach events per calendar year (starting from June)
  2. Participate in AT LEAST 1 POD exercise per calendar year (starting from June)
  3. Complete AT LEAST 1 MRC TRAIN module per calendar year (starting from June)   
By maintaining your Active Member Status, you will have first priority on volunteering on events such as the presidential inauguration, be able to attend the end of the year CCPMRC Volunteer Appreciation Banquet (which includes several free giveaways), as well as other benefits from future partnering companies.  
Again, THANK YOU for all your efforts in making CCPMRC great!
CCPMRC is also now a part of DC Responds, a section of the Department of Health's national initiative to coordinate and mobilize volunteers to respond to all types of emergencies. 
We recommend members to register at this website:
Please sign up for MRC TRAIN as soon as possible, using the following link:
 A module will be chosen each calendar year to refresh your knowledge on an MRC initiative, or introduce you to a new one.  Feel free, however, to peruse through modules at your leisure. 
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Mission State and Goals of CCPMRC
The mission of CCPMRC is to engage volunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response and community resilience.

The goal of CCPMRC is to increase the number of trained pharmacy students, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. This MRC has been uniquely established in October 2013 to recruit and train volunteers to provide pharmacy-related functions during an emergency situation. Pharmacy related functions include but are not limited to mass vaccinations, staffing medical point-of-dispensing stations and provision of emergency supply of chronic medications.This effort will be supported by the District of Columbia- Department of Health, Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Administration
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