Medical Reserve Corps

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of local volunteer units who engage their local communities to strengthen public health, reduce vulnerability, build resilience, and improve preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.

NACCHO works in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Medical Reserve Corps Program Office to:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program;
  • Promote, support, and build capacity within the MRC network;
  • Enhance cooperation between the MRC Program Office and local/state/federal authorities to support and increase MRC capacities at the local level; and,
  • Expand the efforts and capabilities of local MRC units to support their community-based public health, preparedness and response initiatives.

For more information, visit the ASPR MRC Program Office Webpage.

The NACCHO MRC Team is excited to release the 2019 MRC Deployment Readiness Guide, which includes a suite of new deployment readiness resources for MRC unit leaders and volunteers. Each of the deployment readiness resources is listed below with a description:

  • Volunteer Management:
    • Volunteer Tier Level Recommendations - The MRC volunteer tier levels were developed to identify national standards for MRC volunteers based on emergency response training and experience. This tier structure is adapted from an original structure developed for Virginia MRC units and can be modified based on your unit's needs. Find the full MRC tier structure on page 9 of the Deployment Readiness Guide.
    • Deployment Readiness Checklist for Unit Leaders - The checklists cover all three phases of deployment and include a non-exhaustive yet comprehensive list of deployment activities including administration, training, equipment, response operations, and medical/safety activities. Examples and resources are also listed throughout the document. Find the Deployment Readiness Checklist on page 10 of the Deployment Readiness Guide.
  • Volunteer Capabilities
    • Updated MRC Core Competencies Training Plan – The updated training plan includes updated training courses and resources with no changes to the core competencies themselves. The new training plan also includes corresponding tier levels and course durations per recommended training. Learn more about the updated Core Competencies Training Plan in the Deployment Readiness Guide or on MRC TRAIN.
    • Volunteer eLearnings (2) – The MRC eLearnings: 1) Pre-deployment and 2) Deployment/Post-deployment, were developed for MRC volunteers to develop foundational knowledge of what to expect before, during, and after deployments. Visit NACCHO University or MRC TRAIN to access the eLearnings from your laptop or mobile device.
  • Unit Capabilities
    • Mission Sets – Response Types (14) – The term ‘mission set’ describes a scalable response and recovery capability for MRC units and volunteers that is organized, developed, trained, and exercised prior to an emergency or disaster for local, state, and/or regional deployment purposes. All the MRC mission sets and accompanying resources can be found in the Deployment Readiness Guide.

NACCHO appreciates the contributions received to develop these resources and recognizes members of the NACCHO MRC Advisory Group and 7 MRC units that served as pilot sites for the NACCHO MRC Deployment Readiness project. For more information on the pilot sites project, see the Deployment Ready MRC FactSheet, below.

The 2017 Network Profile of the MRC report presents the newest data on Medical Reserve Corps unit funding, partnerships, composition, activities, and capabilities. These data were collected from a survey administered in spring 2017. A total of 769 units responded to the survey for a response rate of 82%. Thanks to all who made the study a success!

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This fact sheet provides information about the 2019 MRC Deployment Ready Pilot Sites Project.

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MRC Units Address Opioid Overdoses

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NACCHO, in collaboration with the MRC Program, developed a competency set for MRC Volunteers based on the Competencies for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (DMPH).

The DMPH Competency set is designed specifically for disaster and public health preparedness, response, and management. They are widely understood to define the knowledge and skills needed for healthcare professionals and first responders to perform a task in a safe and consistent manner.

Learn about the newly adopted Competencies for Disaster Medicine and Public Health for MRC volunteers and resources available to implement a training plan.

About MRC Core Competencies

MRC DMPH Core Competencies Learning Paths

MRC Core Competencies Training Plan

MRC Volunteer Self-Assessment

MRC Volunteer Assessment Tracking

Deployment readiness involves developing response and recovery resource capabilities that are organized, developed, trained, and exercised prior to emergencies or disasters. The Mission Ready Package (MRP) template is a resource developed by the National Emergency Management Association, that is available for State Emergency Managers as a part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

Although MRPs are intended for state to state mutual aid, the template can be adapted at the local level for MRC units to identify their MRC resource capabilities when collaborating with local emergency planners. MRC Unit Coordinators can develop an MRP based on their local community response needs and the volunteer capabilities within their unit. The MRP can be used as a vehicle to train and develop teams for specific response roles and missions. Read the NACCHO Prep blog "An Ideal Match: Mission Ready Packages and the Medical Reserve Corps" for additional information on how MRC units can adapt MRPs for their local use.

The Developing Mission Ready MRC Units - A Resource Guide for MRC Unit Leaders provides background information on the EMAC system and the evolution of MRPs. The guide includes examples of emergency response activities that MRC units support, developing MRPs to fit local response needs, and examples of MRPs for MRC units. The MRP Resource Guide is available for download below and can also be found in NACCHO's Toolbox. You can search by title or select MRC toolkit from the drop down menu.

MRC units work on a broad range of emergency preparedness and public health projects. We have highlighted select projects to celebrate the variety and creativity of our MRC units across the country.

Fact Sheets

NACCHO has developed the following Fact Sheets to highlight MRC units across the national network and encourage peer sharing:

E-Learning

MRC Train is a free, online e-learning platform with training modules for MRC unit leaders and volunteers. MRC units can also upload their own individualized training content to the TRAIN platform.

NACCHO University is another eLearning platform with self-paced learning modules created for MRC units around the Factors for Success and Core Competencies.

Communications

NACCHO has developed resources to assist MRC Unit Leaders and Stakeholders with their communication and messaging strategies. The NACCHO MRC Strategic Messaging Guide provides a roadmap for MRC units as they conduct community outreach and media interviews. It touches on the history of the MRC and shares some of the facts and figures behind this extraordinary organization.

Advocacy

Advocacy can build relationships with and educate policymakers; influence new and existing policies, laws, and budgets; and, encourage the creation of new programs. Learn how you can better collaborate and communicate with your local elected officials using NACCHO's Advocacy Toolkit.

The MRC InTouch e-Digest is a monthly e-newsletter. Each edition features unit activities, resources, announcements, and a calendar of events. All volunteers are eligible to sign up to receive the monthly e-newsletter via the MRC one-way and two-way ListServs.

View back issues of MRC InTouch (2013-present) below.

Year Month Featured Article
2019 July Training Communities to Respond: Stop the Bleed and Until Help Arrives
2019 June Integrating MRC Volunteers into Mass Fatality Response
2019 May AFN Considerations During Shelter Operations
2019 April Behavioral Health Services for Community Resiliency
2019 March Opioids and the Ongoing MRC Response
2019 February MRC Pharmaceutical Readiness
2019 January Radiation Readiness in West Virginia
2018 December Building All-Hazards Preparedness Capabilities to Strengthen Community Resilience
2018 November Mass Shootings as a Public Health Crisis
2018 October Flu Season
2018 September National Preparedness Month
2018 August Manasota MRC Responds to Port of Manatee Fire Amidst Unit Merge
2018 July Developing and Enacting Animal Disaster Preparedness and Response Plans
2018 May Lean on Me Project Serves Vulnerable Population for Disaster Preparedness Awareness
2018 April Regional Readiness: Teaming Youth with MRCs for Multi-Generational Preparedness
2018 March Developing Emergency Management Capacity Through Virtual Operations Support Team - Uncas Health District
2018 February Building Community Resiliency by Enhancing Disaster Response for Special Needs Population
2018 January Preventing Chronic Diseases in Richmond, VA
2017 December Mass Fatality Incident Support & Traumatic Grief Counseling Regional Response Team
2017 November The CCMRC Gear Up to Tackle the Opioid Crisis in their Community
2017 October Historic Disasters Add Perspective to National Preparedness Month - MRC Volunteers Step Up
2017 August Choctaw Nation MRC Unit launches the Indian Country and Cultural Sensitivity Program to Provide Culturally Relevant Preparedness Training
2017 July Southwest Idaho MRC Engages Youth Through Their Summer ReadyKamp Program
2017 June Vermont Medical Reserve Corps Units Conduct Statewide Summer Go-Kits Distribution
2017 May Monroe County MRC Volunteers Address Radiological Preparedness
2017 April An Annual Tradition: New Mexico and West Texas MRC Volunteers Provide Medical Care During the Annual Bataan Memorial Death March
2017 March The Tulalip MRC Readiness and Resilience Preparedness Program
2017 February The Sacramento MRC: Trained and Ready to Purify Water
2017 January Rock Island County MRC Promotes Community Resiliency Through College-Based Zombie Run
2016 December San Bernardino MRC Organizes Active Shooter Preparedness Event to Increase Community Resilience
2016 November Clay County MRC deployed to conduct a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER)
2016 October Lake County Health District MRC launches "Tobacco Free Living"
2016 September Naloxone Training Saves Lives: MRC Addressing Heroin Overdoses in Portage County, Ohio
2016 August New Jersey State Sponsors an Emerging Infectious Disease Summit for MRC in Region II
2016 May MRC Units Prepare for Zika
2016 April Alamo Area MRC Enlists Mascots to Teach Kids About Preparedness
2016 March Rappahannock-Rapidan MRC Spices Up Winter Weather Preparedness with BINGO
2016 February Marion County MRC Rebuilds Unit
2016 January MRC Units Get Ahead of Flu Season
2015 December Seattle & King County Mega Clinic Treats 4,000
2015 November Kittitas County MRC Begins Youth for Truth Mentoring Campaign
2015 October St. Louis Regional Radiological Response MRC Ramps Up Training Efforts
2015 September New Orleans MRC Commemorates Hurricane Katrina
2015 August Will County MRC Assists Neighbors After Tornado
2015 July Harris County Gateway to Care MRC Responds After Historic Flooding
2015 June Winnebago County MRC Supports Local Women's Crisis Clinic
2015 May University of New Mexico MRC Supports Tomé Pilgrimage
2015 April New Lenox MRC Trains Volunteers in Disaster Psychology
2015 March Oklahoma MRC Volunteers Participate in Free Dental Clinic
2015 February Contra Costa County EMS Condensed POD Exercise
2015 January New York City MRC Members Conduct Tick Surveillance
2014 December Cape Cod MRC Partners with Citizen Corps Council Agencies for Volunteer Reception Center Training
2014 November Greater Prince William County MRC Training Shows that Active Bystanders Can Make a Difference
2014 October New Castle MRC Raises Awareness about the Role of Volunteerism in Healthy Communities
2014 September Utah County MRC Tests Skills in Point of Dispensing Drill
2014 August Map Your Neighborhood Program Provides Valuable Preparedness Framework for the MRC
2014 July Rhode Island MRC Naloxone and Overdose Prevention Education Program Saves a Life
2014 June Maryland Responds MRC Pharmacy Volunteers Play Critical Role in SNS Exercise
2014 May North Central Mississippi MRC Partners with Local Art Students for "Be the Key" Campaign
2014 April Central New York MRC Supports State Special Olympics
2014 March Marion County MRC Takes Action to Improve Residents' Eating Habits
2014 February Arizona Animal Emergency Response MRC Aids Pets of Homeless Families
2014 January Lessons Learned from the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services' Preparedness Month Flu Clinic
2013 December Partnerships Allow Albuquerque-UNM MRC to Reach Nearly One Million at 2013 International Balloon Fiesta
2013 November California MRC Units Participate in the 2013 Golden Guardian Exercise
2013 October Wisconsin Disaster Medical Response Team MRC Assists with Successful Search and Rescue Mission
2013 September North Central Mississippi MRC Participates in a Statewide Exercise
2013 August ColoradoSTAR MRC Supports "Something Wicked" Competition
2013 July Junior MRC Members Host a "Teddy Bear Clinic"
2013 June MRC Units Respond to the Boston Bombings
2013 May Minnesota Behavioral Health MRC Presents at the MinnesotaGovernor's Conference
2013 April MRC * B * Ready Program Engages Children in Physical Activity andEmergency Preparedness
2013 March Maui County Health Volunteers Contribute to Six Projects at theMartin Luther King Day of Service
2013 February The SMART MRC Prepares for a Zombie Apocalypse
2013 January Detroit MRC Participates in the National Prevention Strategy Meeting

Access archived issues of InTouch (August 2008 – 2012) at the links below:

Public Health Preparedness Program

Katherine Deffer

Senior Program Analyst

202-507-4203 / kdeffer@naccho.org

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Kamya Raja

Program Analyst, MRC

202-507-4280 / kraja@naccho.org

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Crystal Young

Senior Program Assistant

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