MRC Leader, Sherwin Levinson, wins Mentor Award from National Medical Reserve Corps Association.

Posted on April 26th, 2019

This year, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County (GNR) Health Departments is extremely proud to announce our community partner, Sherwin Levinson, won the Mentor Award from the Medical Reserve Corps Program Recognition Awards. The Mentor Award honors Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) leaders that have successfully collaborated with other members of the MRC network over the past year to share practices, participate in activities, and carry out initiatives that have strengthened individual and collective groups of MRC units.


Sherwin Levinson is now in his 11th year as executive director of MRC Georgia East Metro (GEM), a unit that has over 600 trained and credentialed members. Under Levinson’s leadership, MRC GEM offers monthly training and educational opportunities to its members to encourage and maintain teamwork skills and preparedness and response capabilities. A highlight of the unit’s calendar is an annual weekend training and exercise that is held each June. Sharing best practices and encouraging reciprocal support.


Levinson is an active participant in the National Association of County and City Health Officials MRC work group, as well as the MRC radiation work group. He has collaborated in a number of efforts with the leaders of East Central Health District MRC in Augusta and DeKalb County MRC. Recently, Levinson assisted and supported Fulton County in re-activating its MRC unit, and he is currently actively involved in founding an Atlanta Metro Leaders MRC group. MRC GEM is always ready to assist the local community with routine or acute needs.


This year, the unit had a cadre of volunteers at the ready for the Super Bowl events which took place in Atlanta. In December, Levinson was recognized with the Gwinnett Chamber Healthcare Award in the category of Volunteer Service “for having made significant contributions to the community, while inspiring others.”


According to the Atlanta Jewish Times article, Levinson has made it his life’s mission to educate people on what to do in the event of an emergency in Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale counties. Most of MRC’s focus is on Gwinnett and its population 920,000 and in Newton and Rockdale Counties with a combined population of about 200,000. Levinson recognizes the diversity in culture, language, and demographics across these counties and works tirelessly to ensure that these needs are being addressed. To read more about Sherwin Levinson and the MRC GEM, visit the MRC GEM website.