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Colorado Disaster Relief

A Call for Volunteers

Disaster Relief in Colorado

International Medical Relief is staffing congregate shelters in Colorado with medical support 24/7 to take care of the whole person. IMR will build health literacy while meeting people where they live. IMR provides staffing to handle and manage resident needs that otherwise go unmet. IMR’s management team will provide onboarding, orientation, and training at facilities to manage and handle patients. Sustainable continuing medical education is also provided to all residents.

These tasks include ADLs (activities of daily living) including showers, movement, de-escalation of behavioral health, proper disinfecting, and disposal of bodily fluids during the patient’s acute illness. Develop medical care and social plans for care and help the resident find appropriate sustainable resources. Patient education on current medical issues of residents and how to navigate the healthcare system. Monitor patients for escalating health issues, assess for COVID-19 symptoms and daily temperature checks with pre-quarantine and post-quarantine residents, and help to identify conditions such as acute cardiovascular issues, gunshot wound, surgical incisions, significant incontinence, toxic shock syndrome, colitis, gall bladder issues, MS and fibromyalgia, sickle cell anemia, broken ankle, upper respiratory issues, illicit drug use such as mamba, suicide attempts and more.

IMR is observing incredible change due to implementing education efforts and having the team serve as a sustainable and comfortable resource for guests, including reducing the guest’s dependency on emergency services.

The IMR team continues to collaborate with the City of Denver and partner organizations to improve the delivery of care, continuity, and services to the residents. Currently, the IMR team is partnering with other agencies to provide social work services, welfare checks, and activities of daily living (ADL) care. With all of these efforts, we are continuing to empower residents to take an active role in their own health and improve health outcomes while reducing the utilization of already overburdened city resources.

SUPPORT

Assisted living, congregate living shelters and group housing face serious challenges and we want to give you the opportunity to support these growing needs. Help to provide medical care and health services to residents.

TRAINING

Congregate housing sites that are traditionally not staffed by medical providers need your help in training their staff to stop the spread of COVID-19. We need your support in performing valuable training about proper sanitation, use of PPE, infection control, isolation, cohorting. Our goal is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and with proper knowledge at these facilities we can go a long way to keeping Colorado safe.

OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer opportunities will take place in the Metro Denver area. From a central meeting location you will be directed to your volunteer role and exact address location for that day. Once your application has been reviewed, a member of our team will contact you to discuss this opportunity in detail.

All volunteers will be provided appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Protective measures will be scaled based upon your role and potential exposure at the testing site.

Your generous donation goes to advance all COVID-19 relief efforts that are currently underway. Five-day and three-day opportunities are available. Inquire with our office for more information at (970) 635-0110 or office@imrus.org.

Serve in Colorado

Join International Medical Relief in Colorado as we provide testing, training, and support across the state. Several week-long opportunities are available for volunteers to serve. To volunteer now, select a date to view more information regarding this opportunity and an application.

Volunteer with IMR Today

We need non-medical and medical volunteers. We are looking for volunteers between the ages of 18 and 64. You should NOT volunteer if you are experiencing health issues, pregnant or nursing, have pre-existing conditions which may make you more vulnerable for infection, are not feeling well, have a fever, or are infected with the coronavirus. More details can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html

Where do you need me?

Volunteers are urgently needed in all 50 states. Itineraries are developed in response to the greatest need, and new needs are identified daily. When you register, you can select the location at which you would like to volunteer. For opportunities in Colorado, please go here.

When do you need me?

Most locations for testing, tracing, training, and support require daily staffing. Volunteers are asked to donate any period of time that meets the needs of their schedule, to the location of their choice. Working hours are generally 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM; however, this may vary depending on need.

How can I help?

Volunteers will participate in many roles to assist with the testing, tracing, training, and support initiatives for COVID-19. Protective measures are implemented at all sites to reduce the risk of infection and keep both patients and volunteers safe. Anyone can make a difference ─ both medical and non-medical volunteers are needed!

A Message from IMR's President & Founder

At IMR, we want to extend our support and best wishes to all the health care workers who are affected by COVID-19 around the world. Our medical community has been greatly impacted, and we express our sympathies and support to them, as well as our other families, friends, patient communities, and peers who are in the medical and mission industries around the world. Like other natural and manmade disasters that IMR has assisted with over these past two decades, this is a challenge that we will overcome and, as a result, become more resilient.

Now, more than ever, we are united together with our hosts and determined to help the communities we serve. We are preparing for the future as we always do and working here at home to help where we can now. At this time IMR is actively reaching out to all of our volunteers to help staff COVID-19 testing sites around the country. These testing sites are scaling up rapidly and now, more than ever, IMR needs our medical community to come together for our nation here at home. Please join IMR as we serve our vulnerable and needy communities and get COVID-19 testing and results in the hands of those that need them.

We are actively engaged at the federal and state levels around the country. The need is great. Please consider joining our cause. We need your support. We ask that you share this opportunity with others who also may be interested in participating. Help in this recovery effort by supporting IMR and our communities. We remain confident that in the upcoming months we will be back more united than ever engaging in provider and patient partnerships, showing kindness, and saving lives.

We can’t wait to welcome you back! Together we are stronger. Together we can save lives. Join us.

Shauna King, MPAhf
President & Founder, International Medical Relief

We are in this together.

Because of you, we have been able to…

Healthcare Volunteers on the Frontlines

The impact of COVID-19 is reaching every part of the globe, including the United States. IMR is here to serve on the frontlines where our communities need us the most. In support of local and national efforts to build community-based capacity, we are asking for your help in this great time of need. IMR was founded on the mission of saving lives. We need you where you are needed most. Join us!

Alumni on the Frontlines…

Commander Dr. Baldwin, IMR Alum

PJ C., IMR Alum & Team Leader

Marie S., IMR Alum

Jitterbug, IMR Alum

Jenn B., IMR Alum

Maddie F., IMR Alum

Evelyn F., IMR Alum & Team Leader

Bern S., IMR Alum

Dr. Jonathan B., IMR Alum

Carrie S., IMR Alum

Ashlee P., IMR Alum

Dr. D. Watters, IMR Alum

Jamie W., IMR Alum

Dakota D., IMR Alum

Erin G., IMR Alum

Ann S., IMR Vietnam Host

Karin B., IMR Alum

Sally B., IMR Alum

Lauren R., IMR Alum

Amy S., IMR Alum

Donna T., IMR Alum & Team Leader

Melissa M., IMR Alum

Katie B., IMR Alum

Meredith M., IMR Alum

Jenn R., IMR Alum

Help Us Provide COVID-19 Training Around the Globe

IMR is rapidly producing customized community-wide training courses and materials on COVID-19 for deployment. We want to get these to hospitals and healthcare workers in need around the globe. Help us to reach those communities that are the most vulnerable. Join our cause and our fight to protect our global frontline medical workers who are saving lives and keeping our communities safe.

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