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Medical Reserve Corps

Volunteers Building Strong, Healthy, and Prepared Communities

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a community-based, civilian volunteer program that helps build the public health infrastructure of communities nationwide. Each MRC unit is organized and trained to address a wide range of challenges from public health education to disaster response.

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MRC ESD Fact Sheet

Use of Electronic Smoking Devices (ESDs) sometimes referred to as e-cigarettes, continues to climb throughout the United States. This market is not restricted by Federal regulation and lacks long term clinical research to determine the true health impact of ESDs among youth and adults. For these and additional reasons, ESD use is considered an emerging public health threat. In preparation for the Great American Smokeout this November, NACCHO has published an Electronic Smoking Device factsheet that demonstrates the capability of how Medical Reserve Corps Units can play a role in this public health issue. More »


The 2013 Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps report provides a comprehensive look at MRC unit composition, administration, and community impact, collected from a comprehensive survey administered in April and May 2013. View the report or purchase a printed copy in the NACCHO Bookstore. Thanks to all who made the study a success!

Coming Soon! NACCHO will release the 2015 Network Profile in Fall 2015. Stay tuned for an announcement via the MRC listserv!
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NACCHO, in collaboration with the DCVMRVC, is pleased to announce that the MRC has adopted the Competencies for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (DMPH Competencies) as the new competency set for the MRC Volunteers.

The DMPH Competency set is designed specifically for disaster and public health preparedness, response, and management. They are widely understood to define the knowledge and skills needed for a healthcare professional and/or first responder to perform a task in a safe and consistent manner.  More »


Applications for NACCHO's 2014-2015 MRC Awards are now closed. Stay tuned for notices of awards from NACCHO in January.

Meet the 2013-2014 NACCHO MRC Challenge Award winners and view videos featuring awardees' project updates.  More »

MRC Connect Now Available

NACCHO has launched MRC Connect, the first social media application for the MRC network. MRC Connect enhances and simplifies information sharing about public health preparedness and emergency response best practices among 1,000 MRC unit leaders. Register for the web version at, and download the mobile application in the Apple iTunes Store or Google Play Market by searching for "MRC Connect."

On August 25, NACCHO hosted a webinar providing a demonstration of the system. View the recording now and access the transcript from the webinar.

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