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Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program strengthens communities by helping medical, public health and other volunteers offer their expertise throughout the year as well as during local emergencies and other times of community need. MRC volunteers work in coordination with existing local emergency response programs and also supplement existing community public health initiatives, such as outreach and prevention, immunization programs, blood drives, case management, care planning, and other efforts. Human Heath Services administers the MRC program.
Dedicated to establishing teams of local volunteer medical and public health professionals to contribute their skills and expertise throughout the year as well as during times of community need. The overarching MRC goal is to improve health literacy and work towards increasing disease prevention, eliminating health disparities, and improving public health preparedness.
Volunteering with MRC
MRC units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year.
MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Many community members—interpreters, chaplains, office workers, and legal advisors — can fill key support positions.
Why volunteer with an MRC?
The MRC is a specialized component of Citizen Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security. Communities benefit from having MRC volunteers ready to respond to emergencies. People volunteer for many reasons, such as
What type of background do I need to become an MRC volunteer?
The MRC program seeks volunteers to assist with emergency preparedness and response efforts. Volunteers in the MRC program include: Practicing, retired, or otherwise employed medical professionals, such as doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, pharmacists, nurses' assistants, public health professionals, and community members without medical training who assist with administrative and other essential support functions.