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NACCHO Announces More Than $1.2 Million in Medical Reserve Corps Operational Readiness Awards

Mar 20, 2023

Washington, DC, March 20, 2023— The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the voice of the country’s nearly 3,000 local health departments, is pleased to announce the 2023 Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Operational Readiness Awards (ORA). These awards, made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response’s Medical Reserve Corps Program Office, will build the operational readiness capabilities of MRC units to meet the emergency preparedness and response needs of local, regional, and statewide stakeholders. The awards, totaling $1.255 million, will support 146 units to build MRC response capabilities (Tier 1) or strengthen MRC response capabilities (Tier 2).

The MRC is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises approximately 200,000 volunteers in roughly 800 community-based units located throughout the United States and its territories. In COVID-19 response alone, from March 2020 through March 2022, MRC volunteers contributed approximately 3.8 million hours of service, resulting in a workforce savings of $132 million.

According to the 2020 Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps, ORAs were the largest funding source for 29% of units that year.

  • Tier 1 Awards ($5,000) – Build MRC Response Capabilities: These awards provide funding for units to build capabilities to meet local response needs. This funding may support units that are smaller in size, are targeting a specific need, are newly formed, or are rebuilding their MRC units if previously inactive or underutilized.
  • Tier 2 Awards ($10,000) – Strengthen MRC Response Capabilities: These awards provide funding for units to strengthen current capabilities for primary or evolving response missions. This funding is intended for units that have an established volunteer management structure, have the capacity to further expand their unit response capabilities, have a demonstrated record of supporting public health emergency responses, or have a record of supporting multiple natural disaster response missions.

2023 MRC Operational Readiness Awards granted to each of the following local MRC units:

Tier 1 Awards – $5,000

Arizona – La Paz County MRC

Arkansas – Marion County MRC

California – San Mateo County MRC

Colorado – CO Radiation Response Volunteer MRC, Lincoln County MRC

Idaho – Central District Health MRC

Illinois – Crawford County MRC, DuPage County Health Department MRC, Madison County MRC, Northwest Illinois MRC

Louisiana – Jefferson Parish MRC

Maryland – Maryland Responds MRC

Massachusetts – Brookline MRC, Central Middlesex MRC, Greater Fall River MRC, Greater New Bedford MRC, Greater Taunton MRC, Middleborough Area MRC, Mystic Valley MRC, North Shore-Cape Ann Emergency Preparedness Coalition MRC, Northern Essex County MRC

Missouri – Northeast Missouri MRC

Nebraska – Southeast Nebraska MRC

Nevada – MRC Washoe County

New Jersey – Somerset County MRC

New York – Greene NY MRC, Rockland County MRC, Sullivan MRC

Ohio – Darke County General Health District MRC, Geauga County Health District, Greene County MRC, Hocking County MRC, Mercer County Health District, Paulding County MRC, Pike County MRC, Seneca County MRC

Texas – Brown County MRC, Coastal Bend MRC

Utah – Bear River MRC- Box Elder County

Vermont – Northwest Vermont MRC

Tier 2 Awards – $10,000

Alabama – Dallas County MRC

Arizona – Animals and Humans in Disaster, Maricopa County Public Health MRC, Santa Cruz County MRC of Arizona, Yavapai County MRC

Arkansas – River City Ministry of Pulaski County MRC

California – California Veterinary MRC, Lake County MRC, Long Beach MRC, Marin County MRC, Sacramento MRC, San Bernardino County MRC, Ventura County MRC

Colorado – Colorado Muslim Society MRC, Colorado Veterinary MRC-West, MRC of El Paso County

Connecticut – Capitol Region MRC, Middletown MRC, Naugatuck Valley MRC

District of Columbia – Capitol City Pharmacy MRC

Illinois – Bond County MRC, Kane County MRC, Macoupin County MRC, Monroe County MRC

Iowa – North Iowa CERT & MRC, Johnson County MRC

Kansas – Jefferson County MRC

Louisiana – Louisiana State Animal Response Team Veterinary MRC

Massachusetts – Berkshire MRC, Duxbury Bay Area Regional MRC, Franklin MRC, Massachusetts Task Force, Middlefolk MRC, Norfolk County-8 MRC, Upper Merrimack Valley MRC, Wachusett MRC

Minnesota – MRC of Hennepin County, MRC of Ramsey County, MRC of Scott County, Minnesota Veterinary MRC, University of Minnesota MRC

Missouri – Bollinger County MRC, Cape Girardeau County MRC, Macon County Community Volunteer Corps, MRC of Greater Kansas City, Schuyler County MRC, South-Central Missouri MRC

Nebraska – Central Nebraska MRC, West Central Nebraska MRC

New Hampshire – Central NH MRC, Lakes Region MRC

New Jersey – Mercer County MRC, Middlesex County MRC

New Mexico – Southern New Mexico MRC

New York – Livingston County MRC

Ohio – Butler County MRC, Clark County MRC, Fairfield County MRC, Hancock County MRC, Lorain County MRC, Medina County MRC, Portage County MRC, Union County MRC, Wood County MRC

Oklahoma – Oklahoma MRC Nurses, Oklahoma Statewide MRC, OKMRC - Tulsa County MRC, OKMRC District 1 MRC – Northwest, OKMRC District 10 MRC- Norman/Cleveland County, OKMRC District 8 MRC, OKMRC Oklahoma County MRC, OKMRC District 5 MRC - Southwest OK, OKMRC Stress Response Team

Oregon – Linn County MRC

Pennsylvania – Bucks County MRC, Chester County MRC, Philadelphia MRC, South Central Pennsylvania MRC

Puerto Rico – MRC of Puerto Rico

Rhode Island – Rhode Island Junior MRC, Rhode Island Veterinary MRC, Rhode Island MRC

South Carolina – South Carolina Veterinary Reserve Corps

Tennessee – Northeast Tennessee Regional MRC

Texas – Alamo Area MRC, Dallas County MRC, Galveston County MRC, The University of Texas at Austin MRC

Utah – Summit County Utah MRC, Utah County MRC

Vermont – MRC of SW Vermont

Virginia – Fairfax MRC, Loudoun MRC, Peninsula MRC, Rappahannock MRC, Three Rivers MRC, Blue Ridge Health District MRC

Washington – Bainbridge Island MRC, Kitsap County MRC, Pierce County MRC, Vashon Island MRC

West Virginia – Mid-Ohio Valley MRC

Wisconsin – Saint Croix Valley MRC


The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation’s nearly 3,000 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities. For more information about NACCHO, please visit

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