“MRC units have been a critical access point for volunteers to support the SARS-COV-2 response, contributing over 800,000 hours of support to the response. ”
— MRC volunteers provide a range of support for COVID-19 response —
Washington, DC, June 9, 2021 - 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 second round of 2021 Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Operational Readiness Awards (ORA). More than $360,000 in awards will support 43 units to build MRC response capabilities (Tier 1) or strengthen MRC response capabilities (Tier 2).
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 support efforts to build and strengthen MRC capabilities, raise stakeholder awareness of MRC capabilities, and identify or sustain integration of the MRC into local, state, and/or regional emergency response plans.
The MRC is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises approximately 272,000 volunteers in roughly 762 community-based units located throughout the United States and its territories. MRC units have been a critical access point for volunteers to support the SARS-COV-2 response, contributing over 800,000 hours of support to the response.
- Tier 1 Awards: $5,000 – Build MRC Response Capabilities: Provide funds for units to build capabilities to meet local response needs. This funding may support units that are smaller in size, have a specific/targeted need, a newly formed unit, or a unit that is focused on rebuilding their MRC unit if previously inactive or underutilized.
- Tier 2 Awards: $10,000 – Strengthen MRC Response Capabilities: Provide funds for units to strengthen current capabilities for 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.
2021 MRC Operational Readiness Awards (ORA) by State
Tier 1 Award – $5,000
California – San Mateo County MRC, Stanislaus County MRC
Illinois – Maine Township MRC, McDonough County MRC, Rock Island County MRC, St. Clair County MRC
Massachusetts – Stoughton-Holbrook-Avon-Randolph MRC
Michigan – Oceana County MRC
Ohio – Ashland County-City MRC, Fairfield County MRC, Hancock County MRC
Utah – Summit County MRC
West Virginia – Grant County MRC
Tier 2 Award - $10,000
California – Marin MRC, Santa Cruz County MRC
Colorado – Colorado Acupuncture MRC, SW Colorado Regional MRC
Connecticut – Uncas Health District
Florida – Manasota MRC
Hawaii – Oahu MRC
Kansas – Jefferson County Kansas Health Department MRC
Massachusetts – Mass Task Force
Minnesota – Minnesota Behavioral Health MRC
Mississippi – Mississippi Veterinary MRC
Missouri – NEMO MRC
Nevada – MRC Washoe County
New York – Essex County MRC
North Carolina – Onslow County MRC
Ohio – Belmont County MRC, Delaware County MRC, Holmes County MRC
Oklahoma – OKMRC Statewide MRC, Stress Response Team
Oregon – Marion County
Pennsylvania – South Central PA Regional MRC
Texas – Alamo Area MRC, Williamson County MRC
Vermont – MRC of SW Vermont
Virginia – Chesterfield Health District MRC, Fairfax MRC, Loudoun MRC
West Virginia – Mid-Ohio Valley MRC
Wisconsin – Greater La Crosse Area 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 www.naccho.org.