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Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is seeking volunteers from within the healthcare professional community to sign up to provide assistance in the state’s COVID-19 response. Whether you are retired, are not currently working, working part-time or want to volunteer some of your time off, our state needs the help of our healthcare professionals to help assist in our COVID-19 response. John Blair, the Director, Boards & Commissions Division from the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department sent a letter to healthcare professionals from Michelle Lujan Grisham. He also suggests that we share it with appropriate nonmedical folks.

On November 4, 2020, our Governor wrote and we quote:

“Dear Madam or Sir: . . . . 

As you most likely are aware, the number of COVID-19 patients in our state is reaching its all-time high, with hospitals, clinics, and COVID-19 shelters beginning to reach their capacity. The New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps is dedicated to help those impacted by this pandemic by providing critical healthcare staffing, and assisting with operating COVID-19 shelters, call centers, contact tracing, COVID-19 testing sites and more. Our commitment to serve during this crisis is strong but we urgently call upon all available healthcare professionals to help the state address this instant surge in COVID-19 cases. 

To register, simply go to volunteer.nmmrcserves.org and complete the online application. As a volunteer with the New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps, you will be provided with liability protection through the state’s Risk Management Division. If you have any questions, please contact MRC Coordinator Bobbie MacKenzie at 505-476-8302 or by email at [email protected] 

Thank you in advance for your consideration and commitment to serving New Mexicans. 

We are all in this together. 

Sincerely, 

Michelle Lujan Grisham 

Governor” 

More Details: Acupuncture Volunteer Opportunities with NMMRC

The New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps is broken up into teams/units. Once you have provided the application information, vaccine information, and information on your license and certifications, and the information is reviewed by the Department of Health, you will be asked to select a Team/Unit.

The New Mexico Integrative Wellness Medical Reserve Corps is the only team/unit providing acupuncture and acudetox services to New Mexico.NMSAAM strongly supports the NM Integrative Wellness Medical Reserve Corps and recommends New Mexico acupuncturists join that team. More information can be found here:

https://www.phanm.org/2016/01/01/acupuncture-for-crises-medical-reserve-corps/

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To be clear:

  1. The first step is still to go to https://volunteer.nmmrcserves.org/   and register.
  1. NM IWMRC is the only MRC unit in NM that does acupuncture/acudetox.
  1. Eleni Fredlund is the coordinator for NM IWMRC and has given NMSAAM her ok to include her contact information to our members/acupuncturists:

Eleni Fredlund, LMHC, ADS Registered Trainer [email protected] (505) 709-0033