Terms of Use
PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF USE CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU REGISTER OR OTHERWISE USE THIS WEBSITE (THE “SITE”). BY REGISTERING OR ACCESSING INFORMATION ON THIS SITE, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS OF USE, WHICH GOVERN THE USE OF THE SITE’S CONTENT, INCLUDING THE VOLUNTEER DATABASE.

The Site is owned and administered by the Yale New Haven Center of Excellence for Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response (YNH-CoE). If you have questions concerning these Terms of Use, please contact the YNH-CoE at (203) 688-5000.

THE YNH-CoE MAY MAKE CHANGES TO THE SITE, THESE TERMS OF USE, OR ANY OF THE POLICIES AND RULES THAT GOVERN THE USE OF THE SITE AT ANY TIME. THE YNH-CoE ENCOURAGES YOU TO REVIEW THE SITE AND THESE TERMS OF USE REGULARLY FOR ANY UPDATES OR CHANGES. YOUR CONTINUED ACESS OR USE OF THE SITE OR ITS CONTENT SHALL BE DEEMED YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF ANY CHANGES AND THE REASONABLENESS OF THESE STANDARDS FOR NOTICE OF CHANGES.



Overview

The Medical Reserve Corps is a component of the State of Connecticut “civil preparedness force” also known as either “Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program” or the “State of Connecticut Emergency Credentialing Program (CT-ECP) for Healthcare Professionals”.

YNH-CoE, acting on behalf of the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health, assists in the administration of the State of Connecticut’s Emergency Credentialing Program (CT-ECP) for Healthcare Professionals. The CT-ECP provides a system pursuant to which volunteer health professionals (“Volunteers”) may be pre-qualified and credentialed to assist in the event of a bioterrorist attack or other public health emergency. Volunteers who are pre-qualified and credentialed will become part of a database maintained on the Site and accessible by acute care hospital(s) and healthcare agencies in the State of Connecticut or acute care hospital(s) and agencies in any other state that participates in and has made a request for assistance through an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (“Users”). Through the database (the “Volunteer Database”), Users are provided with a resource to identify and expeditiously contact Volunteers to provide assistance in the case of a declared emergency. Volunteers who register and are pre-qualified and credentialed agree to be contacted if needed during a large-scale disaster or public health emergency to provide - on a voluntary basis - licensed or non-licensed healthcare personnel support. Volunteers are never obliged to respond to the request for assistance and may decline to participate without elaboration. As part of the Connecticut Medical Reserve Corps, such Volunteers are entitled to certain liability protections.





Description of Site

The Site includes (i) information regarding the CT-ECP; (ii) a central, on-line system for the registration of Volunteers who wish to be pre-qualified for the CT-ECP; and (ii) a Volunteer Database accessible by Users who seek to enlist the assistance of Volunteers (all information included on the Site is referred to as the “Content”).

Information collected from Volunteers through registration on the Site will be used exclusively to determine the individual’s program eligibility (including verification of credentialing through employers and other third parties) and to provide for efficient communication with approved Volunteers, including a call-to-service by Users during a large-scale disaster or public health emergency.



Site Security

CT-ECP operates this Site in compliance with the principles established by the Health on the Net Foundation. At present, information submitted on the Site provided is protected and encrypted by Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software.

On select pages of this site, you have an opportunity to communicate with us by e-mail. E-mail contact is offered via: ECP@ynhh.org . The security of e-mail communications on the Internet cannot be assured—although it is very likely to be secure. All the information on the Site is hosted on secure servers stored behind firewalls that are backed up regularly to ensure minimal loss of information in the event of a system failure or disaster.

If you are a Volunteer, the e-mail address you are asked to provide during the registration process may be used to contact you during a large-scale disaster or public health emergency, to respond your question or to provide you with program information.



Privacy

We respect the privacy of Volunteers regarding the use and disclosure of information collected. However, disclosure of certain information provided by Volunteers is required for certain program processes including credential verification and the appropriate assignment of volunteer personnel to enhance personnel surge capacity during a large-scale disaster or public health emergency. Reasonable effort will be taken to limit access to volunteer information to appropriate and authorized Users responsible for official emergency management response activities.



Intellectual Property Rights

All text, software (including source and object codes), visual, oral or other digital material, photographs, information, data, graphics and all other content of any description included in the Site, are owned by or licensed to the State of Connecticut ECP program and are protected by copyright. Volunteers and Users may use the Content and intellectual property as expressly permitted by these Terms of Use and for no other purposes.

Users are granted a personal, nonexclusive, nontransferable, nonassignable, revocable, limited access to use the Site and Content for personnel surge capacity support during a large-scale disaster or public health emergency. Access and use DOES NOT include (a) using the Content, or parts of the Content, to create your own database, or (b) using the Content, or parts of the Content, for financial or other gain for any party, individual or entity.

Users may download one copy of the Content and make one hard copy of the Content for internal use. Otherwise, you may not duplicate, transmit, redistribute or publish the Content, or parts of the Content.



Conduct

Each Volunteer and User will be provided with or will create a user name and password for access to the Site or certain portions of the Site. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your user name and password and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your user name and password. You agree to immediately notify the CT-ECP of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security of which you are aware.

In addition, Users and Volunteers will not: (a) act in an unwanted, threatening, harassing, abusive or offensive manner toward others; (b) use the Site for political, commercial or advertising purposes; (c) harm or exploit minors in any way, which includes requesting personal or other information; (d) post, submit or otherwise do anything with the Site that is unlawful, harmful, tortuous, defamatory, profane, obscene, libelous, or hateful to the average user; (e) act in a racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable manner; (g) post or reference indecent or pornographic materials (whether in visual, textual, or audio format); (h) discuss, incite or otherwise solicit illegal activity; (i) violate or infringe upon the confidentiality, or proprietary or other rights, of any individual or third party, (j) send any communications to any User or Volunteer for any purpose other than that which represents activity related to an appropriate emergency management response; or (k) transmit fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading communications or intercept or attempt to intercept email or other private communications not intended for you.

In registering, each Volunteer agrees to:

1. Provide true, accurate, current and complete information as prompted by the Registration page; and

2. Maintain and promptly update the registration information to keep it true, accurate, current and complete.

If a Volunteer provides any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or the CT-ECP has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current, incomplete or not belonging to the Volunteer, the CT-ECP may suspend or terminate such Volunteer’s registration and refuse any and all current and future use of the Site.



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