January 17, 2008 Contact: Luke Frank, Media Relations Manager, 505/272-3679; 505/907-9525 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALBUQUERQUE , NM – Kathleen “Kit” Elliott, a Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteer with the UNM School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine’s Center for Disaster Medicine, was recently awarded a national Daily Point of Light Award. The award honors those who have made a commitment to help meet critical needs in their communities. Elliott, a full-time nurse at First Choice Community Health, has volunteered her guidance and experience to almost every aspect of the MRC, including administrative skills, CPR training, first-aid station care, disaster-response training, immunization clinics and more. “If Kit only volunteered with the MRC, she would be constantly busy. But she’s also a national disaster nurse with the American Red Cross, and involved with the Local Emergency Planning Committee, Blue Star Mothers and the Community Emergency Response Team,” offers Katharine Juul, program manager for UNM Center for Disaster Medicine, who nominated Elliott. An MRC unit is a community-based group of volunteers who can serve during a local emergency health situation and assist with local public health needs. A local MRC unit also can be a valuable asset for helping address general public health concerns in a community throughout the year. The National Daily Points of Light Award is a program within the national Points of Light Foundation based in Washington DC, which encourages people from all walks of life to volunteer. Through a variety of programs and services, the Foundation engages and mobilizes millions of volunteers to help solve serious social problems in thousands of communities. For more information about UNM’s Medical Reserve Corps, call 505/272-6240 or visithttp://hsc.unm.edu/som/cdm/mrc.shtml.