Faculty from the School of Nursing recently participated in a Delaware Division of Public Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Delaware first responders. Bethany Hall-Long, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Susan Conaty-Buck DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAANP, were among the volunteers with the Delaware Medical Reserves Corp who administered vaccinations for about 475 frontline first responders in Dover. 

Hall-Long, who also serves as Delaware lieutenant governor and chair of the National Lieutenant Governors’ Association, is a full professor in the SON. Her research and community service record with at-risk groups such as pregnant teens, patients with diabetes, those with a substance use disorder, persons who are homeless or have mental illness, make her a nationally recognized public health nurse and scientist. Conaty-Buck is an assistant professor in the SON and a family nurse practitioner in UD’s Nurse Managed Primary Care Center. Conaty-Buck is a state nursing leader who has been president of the Delaware Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and is co-chair of the Delaware Nurses Association Advocacy Committee. Her research and service includes leading regional and national organizations in the fields of healthcare informatics and entrepreneurship.  

The mission of DMRC is establishing, implementing, and sustaining Delaware’s reserve units of medical and non-medical volunteers to strengthen the public health infrastructure, improve emergency preparedness response, and increase community resilience in Delaware.  Founded in 2006, the DMRC is sponsored by the Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness Section, which has contracted with the University of Delaware School of Nursing to coordinate the three county units: New Castle, Kent, and Sussex. Hall-Long is the principal investigator. UD staff members leading DMRC include Ingrid Hansen, DMRC Unit Leader and Celeste Peart, DMRC program coordinator.  

For more information about volunteering, contact DMRC, visit here.

 

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