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National Association of County and City Health Officials Announces More Than $360,000 in Medical Reserve Corps Operational Readiness Awards

Jun 09, 2021 | Theresa Spinner

“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

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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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About Theresa Spinner

Theresa Spinner is the Director, Media and Public Relations at NACCHO.

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