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Region 5 Medical Reserve Corps Conference

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Middleborough Town Hall

10 Nickerson Ave

Middleborough, MA 02346

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Region 5 Medical Reserve Corps Conference

Breakfast*Lunch*Afternoon Snack will be free


Registration: 9:00am

9:30-10:15 Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency MEMA’s role in a disaster- presented by Rachel Fleck

Rachel Fleck is a Local Coordinator for Southeastern Massachusetts for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. She works closely with local emergency managers to support development of emergency management plans, including mitigation, preparedness, planning, response, recovery, and training activities.

10:30am-12:00pm Emerging infectious disease - EDS Training- Dr Henry Vallencourt and Lisa Crowner MDPH

Dr. V will be discussing “Emerging and Re-emerging Viral Diseases: What You Need to Know and Fear”, would cover Influenza viruses: what they are; how they change (and the implications for pandemics); Avian & Swine flu (current epidemics and geographic areas of concern); a brief review of MERS, SARS and why they still need watching; a brief update on Ebola ( and where it’s heading); and a few words on some viruses of concern- Monkeypox, and Dengue.

Lisa will cover:

  • Activation of a POD/EDS
  • Know how an Emergency Dispensing Site works
  • Know how to set up your Emergency Dispensing Site
  • Know staff roles in an Emergency Dispensing Site
  • Know how to conduct Just-In-Time Training
  • Understand how to use the screening forms
  • Understand how to dispense antibiotics using a screening form


Lunch Break: 12:00-12:45pm



1:00-2:30pm Stop the Bleed Until Help Arrives- Colonel David Gavigan

Colonel Gavigan will present Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency…becoming the beginning of the trauma care chain of survival.


2:45-3:15 MRC’s response to the Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions presented by Liisa Jackson Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator/Director

Liisa will be presenting on the MRCs response to the Merrimack Valley’s Gas Explosions caused by excessive pressure in natural gas lines caused explosions and fires, with over 80 individual fires that triggered a 10 Alarm Fire.

30,000 were evacuated from their homes in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

The Medical Reserve Corps was activated and through strong MRC partnerships the people affected by the explosions that needed to be sheltered during the evacuations, provided staffing for MEMA’s Resource Recovery Centers, provided Behavioral Health support to those effected by the event and for the staff and volunteers helping to provide sheltering and services during the event.



3:15pm Closing remarks


Information about our wonderful speakers:


Rachel Fleck MEMA:

Rachel began her career in the Midwest with a faith-based disaster relief agency, responding to several disasters, including tornadoes in Tuscaloosa, AL and Joplin, MO in 2011. She worked for the American Red Cross of Mississippi and Massachusetts, where she acquired additional disaster response experience, and facilitated mass care planning with local communities.

Rachel has a Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University.

Dr. Henry Vaillancourt MD

Dr. Vaillancourt received his MD degree from the University of Vermont in 1976 and completed a Family Practice Residency at Greenville Hospital Systems in South Carolina in 1979, after which time he obtained his board certification in Family Practice. He directed the Ambulatory Care Center and Occupational Medicine program at Truesdale Clinic (now Truesdale Health) for over 30 years and still remains an active member of Truesdale Health. During that period, he also served as School Physician and Medical Consultant to Bristol Community College for 38 years, where for four years he co-directed a state-funded multiple cardiovascular risk reduction program; presented numerous lecture series and newsletters.

Dr. Vaillancourt also directed Southcoast Hospital System’s Occupational Medicine & Employee Health programs for over 8 years. He has also served as medical consultant to the Fall River Police and Fire Departments as well as other community’s departments, many area businesses and was a panelist consultant to the Department of Energy’s Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP) from 2004 until the program ended. In addition, he was a Civil Surgeon for the Immigration & Naturalization Service for over 23 years. He also served as medical consultant, for 22 years, to a Day Habilitation program which rendered therapeutic, enrichment and medical services to a severely handicapped and challenged population on an outpatient basis.

In 2008, he obtained his MPH degree with honors from the University of Massachusetts, where he concentrated on epidemiology, and became employed from that time, until his recent retirement, as both Director of Health & Human Services and Director of Community Services for the City of Fall River, MA- where he oversaw multiple departments, managed multimillion dollar departmental budgets, and numerous grant programs.

Over the years Dr. Vaillancourt has lectured to numerous groups and prepared informational newsletters on a multitude of subjects ranging from Mind-Body Medicine, Relaxation Techniques, Hypnosis, Occupational Injuries, Bioterrorism, Harm Reduction and infectious Diseases.

Lisa Crowner MDPH

Lisa Crowner is the Region 5, (Southeastern MA, the Cape and Islands) Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, for Department of Public Health’s Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management (OPEM). She is currently housed at the DPH’s Regional Office located in Canton, MA. She oversees the emergency preparedness planning for local boards of health within the 71 cities and towns in Region 5, as well as preparedness efforts involving our 2 federally recognized Wampanoag Tribes located in Southeastern MA.

Lisa’s background consist of over 30 years of education and prevention efforts aimed at pregnant and parenting teens, inmates, ex-offenders, law enforcement personnel, emergency medical service providers, volunteers, people living with HIV/AIDS and the general public.

She has been a Certified Behavioral Health Disaster Responder, through the MDPH, since 2005. In addition, Lisa has been conducting Psychological First Aid to a variety of audiences, across the Commonwealth for several years.

Lisa, along with the region’s stakeholders, works in an all hazard capacity to better prepare the region to respond to all types of public health emergencies.

Cononel David Gavigan Bristol County Sherrif's Department

Colonel David W. Gavigan was born in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1938. In 1956 he enlisted in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. He graduated from Durfee High School in 1957 and entered Bradford Durfee College of Technology, graduating in 1961. Working his way through college he was employed at the Fall River Herald News, Guimond Farms, and Truesdale Hospital. Graduating from College, he married his wife, Susan, started teaching at Durfee High School, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was activated for the Berlin Crisis in October 1961 and graduated from the U.S. Army Artillery and Missile School, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. He returned from active duty and resumed his teaching career at Durfee High School before accepting a position at Silver Lake Regional Junior High School. In 1972 he was promoted to Major, and in 1973 he was appointed Assistant Principal at Silver Lake Junior High School, a position he held until 1983. In 1976 he was promoted to Lt. Colonel and assigned Commander of the 685th Military Police Battalion. The Battalion was deployed to Boston to assist Police during the “Blizzard of 78.”

Liisa Jackson MRC Coordinator/Director

Currently Liisa is the Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator/Director for 8 MRC units in the state of Massachusetts. She is the owner and president of Preparedness Specialty Services and has contracts across the state to develop and facilitate HSEEP Compliant drills, including disaster sheltering, emergency dispensing site, Active Shooter, DECON, Mass Casualty and supports many other drills. She feels drills are a perfect environment help build human collaboration prior to a real disaster.

Liisa received many awards including the Mentor Award from the Surgeon General’s office and the National Medical Reserve Corps Program Office, received the top driller award from Safe America and USA Today, The MA Environmental Health Association award for outstanding contribution in the practice for environmental health in the commonwealth of Massachusetts, Excellence in Caring Award from the Visiting Nurse Association, Outstanding contribution to Hopkinton for building trails across the community and many other recognitions for her community work, figure modeling, horsemanship. She is grateful for all of the recognition but realizes that she would not be able to accomplish what she has without strong support from colleagues, family and friends, we all work as a team for the greater good!

She has served on the many leadership and advisory committees and work groups, she believes it is important for people to come together and collaborate to accomplish good things. By serving on many committees and work groups she has been able to learn from others, gather information that can be applied to her professional and personal life and truly believes in human collaboration through leadership.

She feels grateful for the work that she does and feels like she is growing every day from all of the human interactions and collaborations she encounters every day.


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