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NACCHO Announces $9.5 Million in Awards to Local Medical Reserve Corps Units and State Coordinators

Jun 14, 2022 | Beth Hess

Largest awards to date will strengthen MRC Network’s ability to deploy a ready, capable, and responsive volunteer workforce to address COVID-19, other emergencies

Washington, DC, June 14, 2022 — 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 a first round of funding in the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) COVID-19 Respond, Innovate, Sustain, and Equip (RISE) Awards. These awards, made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s Medical Reserve Corps Program Office, will provide resources to the MRC network to support COVID-19 response efforts. Awards totaling $9.5 million will support 186 local units and state MRC coordinators to build the capacity for the MRC to respond, innovate to evolving requirements, sustain staffing, and equip units with resources needed to support their missions.

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. During the 2020 COVID-19 response alone, MRC volunteers contributed approximately 840,000 hours of service, resulting in a workforce savings of nearly $24 million. Currently, the MRC reports approximately 3 million volunteer hours to support COVID-19 local response efforts, and the numbers continue to grow.

According to NACCHO’s 2020 Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps, more than half of units (63%) expressed that additional unit funding was their greatest need. Funding for these awards comes through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and is a direct result of NACCHO’s advocacy work to expand support for the Medical Reserve Corps.

  • Tier 1 Awards ($25,000) – Intended for local MRC units or state coordinators with program plans at the $25,000 level that address their needs to support COVID-19 response efforts at the local, regional, or state level.

  • Tier 2 Awards ($50,000) – Intended for local MRC units or state coordinators with program plans at the $50,000 level that address their needs to support COVID-19 response efforts at the local, regional, or state level.

  • Tier 3 Awards ($75,000) – Intended for local MRC units or state coordinators that demonstrate a strong background in MRC operations, demonstrated response/resource needs at the $75,000 level and the expanded capacity to effectively develop and implement a program plan at this level.

A second request for applications for RISE Awards will be announced this summer.

Round 1 MRC RISE Awards granted to each of the following local MRC units or state coordinators:

Tier 1 Awards – $25,000

Alabama – Dallas County MRC

Arkansas – Marion County MRC

California – Cupertino MRC, San Mateo County MRC

Colorado – Colorado Muslim Society MRC

Connecticut – Middletown MRC

Georgia – DeKalb County Board of Health

Illinois – Douglas County Health Department, Northwest Illinois MRC, Peoria City/County Health Department, Will County Health Dept MRC, Winnebago County MRC

Maryland – Howard County MRC

Massachusetts – Burlington Volunteer MRC, Greater Fall River MRC, Greater New Bedford, Greater Taunton, Middleboro Area, Mystic Valley, North Shore Cape Ann, Northern Essex County, Wachusett MRC

Michigan – Newaygo County CERT and MRC

Minnesota – Hennepin County MRC

Missouri – Schuyler County MRC

Nebraska – West Central Nebraska MRC

Nevada – Western Nevada MRC

New Hampshire – Central NH MRC, Northern NH Unit MRC, South Central NH MRC

New Jersey – Hunterdon County MRC, Mercer County MRC, Salem County MRC

New York – Broome County Health Department, Schuyler County Public Health MRC

Ohio – Auglaize County MRC, Butler County MRC, Champaign Health District, Delaware County MRC, Fairfield County MRC, Hocking County MRC, Holmes County MRC, Medina County MRC, Pike County MRC, Portage County Health Department, Putnam County MRC, Sidney-Shelby County Health Department, Wood County MRC

Oklahoma – District 1 MRC – Northwest OK, District 5 MRC - Southwest OK

Oregon – Columbia County MRC, Eastern Oregon Regional MRC

Pennsylvania – Bucks County MRC

Puerto Rico – MRC of Puerto Rico

Tennessee – Shelby County Health Department MRC

Texas – Harris County MRC

Utah – Summit County Utah MRC

Vermont – MRC of SW Vermont

Virginia – Greater Richmond MRC, Lord Fairfax MRC, Near Southwest MRC, Norfolk MRC

Washington – Thurston County MRC

Tier 2 Awards – $50,000

Alabama – Black Belt MRC

Arizona – Santa Cruz County MRC of Arizona, Yavapai County MRC

Arkansas – River City Ministry of Pulaski County Inc

California – Alameda County (ALCO) MRC, Ventura County MRC

Colorado – MRC of El Paso County, Rocky Mountain MRC of Colorado

Connecticut – Bridgeport MRC, Fairfield MRC, Naugatuck Valley MRC, Stamford MRC

District of Columbia – Capitol City Pharmacy MRC

Georgia – MRC of West Georgia

Illinois – Macoupin County MRC, McDonough County MRC, McHenry County MRC, MRC of Illinois, Skokie MRC

Louisiana – Jefferson Parish MRC

Maryland – Maryland Responds MRC

Massachusetts – Duxbury Bay Area Regional MRC, Hampshire County MRC, Norfolk County 8

Missouri – Cape Girardeau County MRC

Nebraska – Central Nebraska MRC

New Hampshire – Lakes Region MRC

New Jersey – Manalapan MRC-CERT

New Mexico – NM Integrative Wellness MRC, Southern New Mexico MRC

New York – Genesee and Orleans (GO) Health VALOR MRC

Ohio – Clark County MRC, Hancock County MRC, Lake County MRC

Oklahoma – District 7 MRC, OKMRC Stress Response Team

Oregon – Wasco County MRC

Tennessee – Tennessee MRC

Texas – Anderson County MRC, Brown County MRC, West Texas MRC

Utah – Southeastern Utah MRC

Virginia – Peninsula MRC, Rappahannock MRC, Southwest Virginia MRC

Washington – Kitsap County MRC

West Virginia – Mid-Ohio Valley MRC

Tier 3 Awards – $75,000

Alabama – North Alabama MRC

Arizona – Animals and Humans in Disaster, Maricopa County Public Health MRC

California – California Health MRC, Marin County MRC, Sacramento MRC, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s MRC

Colorado – Southwest Colorado MRC

Connecticut – Capitol Region MRC, Housatonic Valley MRC, Shoreline MRC

Georgia – MRC Georgia East Metro (GEM)

Illinois – Kane County MRC, Rock Island County MRC, St. Clair County MRC

Iowa – Johnson County MRC

Kansas – Butler County MRC, Wildcat Region MRC

Maryland – Prince George’s County Health Department MRC

Massachusetts – Berkshire MRC, Franklin MRC, Mass Task Force, Upper Merrimack Valley MRC

Minnesota – University of Minnesota MRC

Missouri – Bollinger County MRC, MRC of Greater Kansas City, Northeast Missouri (NEMO) MRC

Nevada – MRC Washoe County

New Jersey – New Jersey MRC, Passaic County MRC

New Mexico – New Mexico MRC

New York – Livingston County MRC, Saratoga County MRC, Suffolk County MRC

North Carolina – Capital MRC

Ohio – Franklin County and Columbus MRC, Lorain County MRC

Oklahoma – Oklahoma MRC, Oklahoma MRC Nurses, Tulsa County MRC, District 10 MRC - Norman/ Cleveland County, District 3 MRC, Oklahoma County MRC

Oregon – Linn County MRC, Marion County MRC, State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon (SERV-OR), Washington County MRC

Pennsylvania – South Central Pennsylvania MRC

Rhode Island – Rhode Island MRC

Tennessee – Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department

Texas – Alamo Area MRC, Dallas County MRC, Denton County MRC, Galveston County MRC, Tarrant County MRC, University of Texas MRC

Utah – Bear River MRC - Box Elder County, Bear River MRC – Cache County, Bear River MRC - Rich County

Virginia – Alexandria MRC, Arlington County MRC, Blue Ridge Health District MRC, Central Shenandoah MRC, Chesapeake MRC, Fairfax MRC, Loudoun MRC, Piedmont MRC, Three Rivers MRC, Virginia Beach MRC, Virginia MRC

Washington – Bainbridge Island MRC, Pierce County MRC, Skagit County MRC

West Virginia – Cabell/Wayne MRC, Mountaineer MRC

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About NACCHO
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 www.naccho.org.


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