SAVE THE DATE for an Important Disaster Behavioral Health Emergency Response Exercise: Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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Dear U of MN Medical Reserve Corps Members,

As we near the end of the traditional academic calendar, our thoughts turn to summer activities; both recreational and professional in nature.

Professionally speaking, Office of Emergency Response staff will be partnering with Boynton Mental Health Services and University Student Counseling services to stage an important disaster behavioral health response exercise, scheduled for Tuesday, August 9.

On the recreation side, I plan on spending many hours on my bike preparing for my second triathlon and playing in the dirt to beautify my gardens while my black lab supervises from a shady spot in our yard.

Whatever your summer plans are shaping up to be, I wish you many hours of relaxation and revitalization with the people, pets, and activities that inspire and invigorate you.

Warm regards,


Kathy Hite Berlin RN, PHN
U of MN Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
612-626-4722 (office)
Mayo Building, 3rd floor, room C-386 
Disaster Behavioral Health MRC Event: U of MN Campus Family Assistance Center Exercise

Exercise Details
Date: Tuesday, August 9
Time: 8:00am-1:00pm
  • Build awareness among  Behavioral Health Response Strike Team members about FAC roles
  • Exercise notification process of activation of  campus Family Assistance Center
  •  Perform physical set up of FAC (Logistics Strike Team), including various FAC stations/areas
  • Test FAC staff staging procedures, including staff check-in process with a focus on stringent security practices/procedures
Participants: Members of the Logistics Strike Team and the Behavioral Health Response Strike Team, & AHC Office of Emergency Response Staff
  • Logistics Strike Team 
    • First Shift: 8:00am-11:00am (Welcome to stay for lunch,  served from 11:30am-noon)
    • Second Shift:  10:15am to 1:00pm
  • Behavioral Health Team 
    • 10:15am-12:00pm
Registration: Members of the Logistics Strike Team and the Behavioral Health Response Strike Team will be able to register for participation starting July 1.

For more information on joining either the Logistics Strike Team or the Behavioral Health Response Strike Team, MRC members are encouraged to contact the MRC Coordinator, Kathy Berlin, at or call 612-626-4722.
Lunch and Learn: Basic First Aid

This AHC Prepared class will cover topics in basic first aid including what to do for seizures, choking, bleeding, and heat exposure. This class does not include instruction on CPR.

St. Paul Campus Class
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Time:  12:00pm-1:00pm
Animal Science/Vet Med building, Room 135
Participants:  Academic Health Center students, staff, and faculty & MRC members
Additional Information: Light lunch will be served
Register: Please click here to register by 8:00am on Wednesday May 4, 2016.

Pet Away Stress and Worry
Stressed out about finals and the flurry of end of the academic year activities? Have you heard about Boynton Health Service's PAWS program? The goal of the program is to be a stress-reducing outlet for the University community.
Click here to learn more about PAWS and to access the May campus PAWS events.
MRC Member Spotlight

Tai Mendenhall, Ph.D., LMFT

When asked about his experience as a U of MN MRC member, Tai responded, “My efforts with the MRC represent some of the most difficult, painful, inspiring, and rewarding work that I do – and it is an honor and a privilege to do it.”
AHC-Office of Emergency Response Staff

AHC Office of Emergency Response Director's Update
Jill DeBoer, MPH

Kathy Berlin, RN, PHN
MRC Coordinator
612 626-4722

Elaine Collison, MPA
Deputy Director 
Carlos R. Cruz
Project Manager

Laurel O’Neil
Office Manager

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