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NACCHO Exchange Summer 2022: The Medical Reserve Corps

Sep 06, 2022 | Beth Hess

The summer 2022 issue of NACCHO Exchange looks at the impact of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), which this year marks its 20th year of service to the nation.

Featured articles in this issue include:

  • Celebrating a Critical Partner in Public Health
  • Ensuring Equitable Access in Communities
  • The Versatility of the MRC to Support Communities
  • Combating COVID-19
  • Engaging the Community

Below is an excerpt from the issue’s opening.

Dedicated. Committed. Inspiring.

Those are just a few of the words that local MRC leaders used to describe their volunteers who, over the last two years, contributed over 3.7 million volunteer hours to COVID-19 response alone. While providing a trained and ready volunteer workforce during the pandemic, MRC units also supported wildfire, flooding, and hurricane responses, staffed flu clinics, helped to combat the opioid epidemic, and much more.

With 64% of MRC units housed in local health departments and 91% integrated into their housing organization’s emergency plan, MRCs are integral partners in local public health, improving the health and safety of communities across the country.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the MRC and this issue of NACCHO Exchange highlights a few of the ways that 300,000+ volunteers in nearly 800 units across the MRC network contribute to our communities.

To read the full issue of NACCHO Exchange, click here.


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