IMCRA-DOJ

The IMCRA-DOJ program provides multiple medical-related support services including reference/resource information, seminars, web-based operational platforms, direct medical services and community outreach and communication assistance to clinicians, administrators, and populations impacted by the earthquake, tsunami and radiation disasters of 3-11-11. The program is continually updated for maximum relevance and utility by an ongoing needs assessment process. The current focus of the program is radiation biology, geriatrics, infectious disease and dental health.
Mar 16, 2015

The Long Long Wait...

The Reality and the Memory
The Reality and the Memory

Say you are a U.S. serviceman or servicewoman, returning from the horrors in the Mideast.  Maybe not even so far away.  Perhaps you were a federal or local law enforcement official called to the Sandy Hook massacre or the Boston Marathon bombing.  Or for that matter, any of the myriad consequences of the nightmarish human behaviors, increasingly the province of otherwise normal-seeming people.

You find it hard to sleep, you keep having nightmares; flashbacks of obscene horrors intrude on your waking consciousness.  You begin weeping in mid-day for no apparent reason.  Quick to anger, you snap at loved ones, and someday, perhaps, you have to do something to stop the constant mental pain and anguish.

In too many cases, that something is either suicide or some form of violence against family or other innocents.  PTSD and the sequelae of traumatic brain injury are well-understood concommitants of exposure to the worst the 21st Century has to offer.  Unfortunately, there continue to be too few places to turn - and too long to wait - when the problem is finally acknowledged by the victim, or their family, or a medical professional.

For 6 months now IMCRA has been establishing and solidifying working relationships with experts in the area of Mental Health issues plaguing those who have been there when needed.  Early on, we began a partnership with Congressman Jim Himes, which has now extended to a joint collaboration with Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.  Last week we began talks with Richard Kendall of the Federal Homeland Security Foundation.  All these efforts are focused on establishing a confidential network of qualified experts who can recognize the ravages of PTSD and utilize the IMCRA program bring aid both to families and the first point-of-contact medical providers  Those professionals are an especially important target because so often, that is where the path to health stops - because of unfamiliarity with the problem leading to referrals to an overburdened and massively delayed VA healthcare system.

How to we get this network off the ground?  Your help and partnership as much as is possible.  IMCRA now needs a part-time staffer who can concentrate specifically on this complex issue and working all of the network connections that will make it successful.  Please help us help those who gave so much and now are in crisis.

Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation

 

Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation
Lost
Lost
Waiting
Waiting
PTSD Awareness
PTSD Awareness
Increasing Effectiveness
Increasing Effectiveness

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Mar 11, 2015

IMCRA Update: The Global Diabetes Epidemic

Summary of the Issue
Summary of the Issue

Over the last two months, in addition to our Ebola work, IMCRA has held several meetings with the regional medical authorities in Shenzhen China regarding the issue of pediatric diabetes. 

Shenzhen is a microcosm and a model for what is happening in Westernizing nations all over the world.  Once traditional diets and levels of physical activity are traded for the fast food and consumerism perceived as particularly attractive in emerging nations, there is a concommittant decline in basic health.  This accompanies an increased incidence of lifestyle-related conditions like heart disease, some cancers, and especially diabetes.

In January and again in March IMCRA staffers met with representatives from the 4th People's Hospital in Shenzhen to design a pilot program for diabetes awareness and prtevention, aimed not just at schoolchildren and their parents, but at general practitioners in local communities who are generally unaware of the signs of pre-diabetes in children and adolescents.

The IMCRA program, in collaboration with regional health authorities, reaches out to both these target groups with compelling interactions on lifestyle choices, health threats, long-term health implications, and finally treating fully-emergent disease. Lessons learned in this program are applicable not only to China but to emerging nations everywhere - as well as domestically.  When children are victimized by a fully-preventable condition, the fault lies firmly with us if we do little to help them.

And here's where and why your help and partnership are so important.  This program will take place, and will spawn similar programs, but as ever we are faced with web-hosting costs, venue and travel expenses, materials dissemination and even an occasianal honorarium for especially devoted medical faculty.

Think of it this way, your kind support will be a form of long-term insurance for providing our children with a healthier, and ultimately more satisfying life.

Sincerely,

The IMCRA Team

Meeting With Dr. Yan, Head of Shenzhen Program
Meeting With Dr. Yan, Head of Shenzhen Program
Understanding What Diabetes Does
Understanding What Diabetes Does
IMCRA Medical Module for Shenzhen
IMCRA Medical Module for Shenzhen
Dec 9, 2014

US Veterans to Benefit from New IMCRA System

Jim Himes with Veterans Group
Jim Himes with Veterans Group

GETTING HELP TO THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST

On November 24th IMCRA representatives met with Congressman Jim Himes of CT to coordinate congressional and senate support for extending expert medical counseling to veterans and their families via the IMCRA handheld app for PTSD and TBI. Further action on this is anticipated toward the middle of this month.

It is clear that the psychological damage which follows exposure to life-threatening events also has a biological basis in the brain and central nervous system which can worsen if left untreated.  Clinical PTSD currently affects about 7.7 million American adults.  Untreated and often unrecognized, the impact on an individual’s personal and professional life is profound. Persons with PTSD become emotionally numb, lose interest in things they used to enjoy, may be easy to startle or easily become irritable, tend to be aggressive, and may have trouble falling and staying asleep.

Although many persons with PTSD after a crisis event will see their symptoms lessen over time, (especially with basic support like seeing a doctor, reconnecting with loved ones or learning about programs to help victims) the majority do not recover. At present, such people are left to their own devices to seek professional help. Often they are reluctant to do so. Occasionally a family member will step in to urge some form of therapeutic intervention. However, in the majority of cases, due to the stigma of mental illness, apathy, denial, ignorance, and medical provider unfamiliarity with post-traumatic pathologies, the condition will go unremediated for months if not years.

With the promise of some level of congressional help, IMCRA is launching a coordinated response to those left behind by deficiencies in the current VA system and local medical systems and their ability to reach servicemen and women who have been psychologically impacted by violence. IMCRA's Community Cyberspace system makes expert and interactive medical and counseling advice available to both regional physicians and well as patients and their families using a free-of-charge, completely anonymous electronic channel accessible via smartphones using the android or i-phone systems.

Although we have already mapped out and designed the details of this system expansion, even minor contributions will enable us to get it operational by year's end.  Please help us make this a reality for the thousands who are just not getting the help they need.  Even small donations add up quickly!



IMCRA app for interactive expert modules
IMCRA app for interactive expert modules
PTSD Worldwide (Dark Red Highest Incidence)
PTSD Worldwide (Dark Red Highest Incidence)
Alone and without skilled help
Alone and without skilled help

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