NACCHO publishes research and issue briefs to describe and highlight the work of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and local health departments (LHDs). MRC units nationwide have been of tremendous help to LHDs with mass vaccination clinics across the country, in addition to the other efforts in disaster relief, First Aid and other areas. Below are two briefs, available on NACCHO’s Web site, that showcase the partnership and public health initiatives shared between LHDs and the MRC.
"The Medical Reserve Corps Promotes Healthy Living Year Round": An issue brief detailing the various ways that LHDs can collaborate with MRC units to carry out public health initiatives on a daily basis. Examples of public health initiatives include staffing mass vaccination clinics and providing outreach to at-risk populations.
"The Value of Partnerships: Understanding the Link between Local Health Departments and Medical Reserve Corps Units": A research report exploring and describing the true values of the partnership between the MRC and LHDs. This qualitative and quantitative report is supported by research that includes online surveys, a discussion group, and focus groups that were conducted with key constituents in the MRC and LHD community. The report summarizes the results of this surveying project. The purpose of the research is to inform and guide NACCHO in its efforts to increase the number of MRC-LHD partnerships across the nation.
To find these publications, please visit NACCHO's Publications or click here for all available MRC documents.
About the Medical Reserve Corps
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units, nationwide groups of volunteers organized to improve the health and safety of communities, have been extremely busy responding to both the H1N1 pandemic and to seasonal flu [link to MRC blog post here]. As of September 2009, it was reported that approximately 70 percent of MRC units had responded to H1N1-related activities. Many MRC units collaborate and participate with local health departments (LHDs) in their communities.