Ellen Strack of Matawan receives accolades for H1N1 efforts 

            FREEHOLD, NJ – Ellen Strack, RN was honored by the Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps as the 2010 Outstanding Public Health Volunteer for her dedicated work with the Monmouth County Health Department’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).  

“Ellen is a wonderful volunteer who gives back by using her skills to strengthen the health and preparedness of our local community,” said Freeholder Amy Mallet, liaison to the county’s Health Department. “She and other MRC volunteers worked tirelessly at our H1N1 flu clinics to educate and vaccinate residents.”

MRC units are community-based and engage medical, public health and other civilian volunteers to strengthen public health and improve emergency preparedness and response.

“Ellen has given hundreds of volunteer hours to the Monmouth County MRC as a health fair blood pressure screener and as an H1N1 flu clinic vaccinator and public health speaker,” said Lisa Lee, the county’s MRC coordinator. “She is an outstanding example of an MRC member. Last year, Ellen spoke to over 300 employees of New Jersey Natural Gas Company about the H1N1 influenza and explained to them the best ways to avoid getting and spreading the virus.”

Strack is a Matawan resident who works for Horizon Blue Cross / Blue Shield. She received the award at the 2010 Integrated Medical, Public Health, Preparedness and Response Training Summit held in Las Vegas, NV this past June. Part of her award included attending the conference. 

“Ellen’s time and efforts support the MRC mission to engage volunteers and to strengthen public health, emergency response and community resiliency,” said Capt. Robert J. Tosatto, Director of the Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps. “Ellen is an example of the strength, impact, and importance of the medical reserve network.”

The Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps presents awards annually to Medical Reserve Corps leaders, volunteers, housing organizations, and program partners. The awards highlight people who have helped build and sustain the MRC program through their hard work, activities and overall commitment to the Medical Reserve Corps.

 Nationally, there are 885 MRC units and more than 207,000 MRC volunteers. In Monmouth County, there are more than 320 MRC volunteers. 

For more information, contact the county Health Department at 732-431-7456 or log onto the county Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com.