HUH to Provide Medical Services for Visitors Attending Presidential Inauguration

WASHINGTON (Jan. 17, 2013) -- The Howard University Medical Reserve Corps, in partnership with the Emergency Department at Howard University Hospital, will be the “tip of the spear” for health services for out-of-towners coming to the nation’s capital for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

More than 600 buses carrying 30,000 passengers from across the nation are expected to arrive in the parking lots of Robert F. Kennedy Stadium and the Emergency Department will be there to greet them.

“We will be the welcoming face for the nation’s capital,” said Dr. Leila Jackson of the Emergency Department.  “We’ll be the first person they see and they last person they see.”

More than 40 Howard physicians, nurses, technicians and medical students  provide first aid, water, warming packages, blankets and directions.  Other agencies will be 0n hand to provide various services, including mental health professionals and reunification for children and relatives who get separated.

Howard’s site is one of several aid stations the Department of Health will have scattered throughout the city on inauguration day. 

The Howard University Medical Reserve Corps was established by Howard University College of Medicine student Adam Benzing in Sept. 2012.  The corps trains medical students to support the hospital’s Emergency Department during mass casualty events or other emergencies, Benzing said. 

The corps recently received a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health.

To learn more about the corps, visit its website at

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