Medical Reserve Corps

NACCHO is pleased to publish the request for applications (RFA) for 2022 MRC Operational Readiness Awards (ORA)! The 2022 MRC ORA aims to build the operational readiness capabilities of MRC units to meet the emergency preparedness and response needs of their local, regional, or statewide stakeholders. The awards are intended to be flexible to meet the needs of all MRC units, support efforts to build MRC capabilities, strengthen stakeholder awareness of MRC capabilities, and identify or sustain the integration of the MRC into local, state, and/or regional emergency response plans.

The MRC ORA is a competitive award open to MRC units that meet the eligibility requirements as outlined on the MRC website and RFA. Prospective applicants should thoroughly review the RFA and ensure they understand the intent of the awards and the requirements for accepting funding. In addition to answering the application prompts, applicants are required to upload 1) proof of active registration on SAM.gov, and 2) a budget using NACCHO's budget template. NACCHO will accept applications via the NACCHO Applications Webpage from Monday, November 1, 2021 until Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

On October 28, 2021, NACCHO staff held an informational webinar on the 2022 MRC ORA. Prospective applicants are encouraged to view the recording of the webinar and slide deck.

Please direct any questions to NACCHO staff at mrc@naccho.org.

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of local volunteer units that 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:

  • Build the capabilities of MRC units to meet needs during emergencies and disasters;
  • Identify and address barriers to the use of MRC units and volunteers during emergencies and disasters;
  • Support the sustainability of MRC units to maintain and develop response capabilities.

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

NACCHO's MRC Team has developed the following to support MRC units across the country including deployment readiness resources, funding opportunities, and information on the most recent Network Profile Study.

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MRC Deployment Readiness Resources

Check out the latest MRC deployment readiness resources available through NACCHO.

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MRC Deployment Readiness Resources

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Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps

This report presents the newest data on Medical Reserve Corps unit funding, partnerships, composition, activities, and capabilities.

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Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps

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MRC Funding Opportunities

NACCHO MRC team is pleased to offer funding opportunities for MRC units.

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MRC Funding Opportunities

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 including Deployment Readiness, Factors for Success, and MRC 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.

NACCHO has also developed a Social Media Toolkit: A Primer for Local Health Department PIOs and Communications Professionals. The toolkit helps local health departments get started and grow their social media programs, one tweet at a time. For beginners as well as experienced practitioners, this toolkit features a description of platforms; how to develop a social media policy; how to integrate social media with your emergency communications plans; social media strategy; and emerging trends.

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.

From August 24 – 27, 2020, NACCHO hosted the 2020 Virtual MRC Leadership Summit at the Preparedness Summit. This was an opportunity for MRC unit leaders, state coordinators, regional liaisons, and program office staff to convene for a series of peer-to-peer learning, facilitated discussions, and networking sessions.

The following includes links to the recordings and presentation slides for each of the 2020 MRC Leadership Summit sessions. Please note, the recording links below include the audio to accompany the slides, as well as an option to view the chat box or audio transcript. You can toggle between the chat and audio transcript.

Feel free to share this with other unit leaders, your volunteers, and partner organizations. If you have any questions or have issues accessing the links, please reach out to us at mrc@naccho.org.

August 24, 2020 - Main Session

August 25, 2020 - Special Topic Session: Funding Strategies

August 26, 2020 - Special Topic Session: Building Community Partners

August 26, 2020 - Special Topic Session: Branding & Communications Strategies

August 27, 2020 - MRC Unit Leader Wellness

August 27, 2020 - MRC Closing Session

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.

NACCHO also features a number of emergency preparedness blog articles through the Preparedness Brief. Some posts including MRC unit highlights, press releases, and general topics include:

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
2021 October Vaccinating Underserved Communities
2021 September Rapid Deployment of Northern Virginia MRC Volunteers Supports Evacuees Arriving from Afghanistan
2021 August Diversifying Your Volunteer Base and Community Outreach Efforts
2021 July Sustaining and Engaging Volunteers
2021 June Addressing the Needs of Pets During an Emergency
2021 May Meeting COVID-19 Vaccination Needs
2021 April Celebrating MRC Volunteers
2021 March Scaling Up to Meet COVID-19 Vaccination Needs
2021 February Fostering Health Equity
2021 January COVID-19 Response Mission Sets
2020 December Combating Social Isolation
2020 November Preparing for Mass Vaccination Whatever the Weather
2020 October Fostering Volunteer Resiliency
2020 September National Preparedness Month and Fire Response
2020 August Preparing for Fall Vaccination Clinics
2020 July Developing Unit Capabilities
2020 June Onboarding MRC Volunteers during COVID-19
2020 May MRC Responses to COVID-19: The Road to Recovery
2020 April COVID-19 FAQs
2020 March Albuquerque's Westside Emergency Housing Shelter
2020 February Responding to Infectious Disease Outbreaks
2020 January Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Models
2019 December Cold Weather Sheltering
2019 November Home Care and Hospice Month
2019 October National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019
2019 September Preparedness Month 2019: Prepared, Not Scared
2019 August MRC Deployment Readiness
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
Covid Contact Tracing Communications

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2021 MRC Operational Readiness Award (ORA)

Learn about NACCHO's newest MRC funding opportunity. Deadline to apply is December 7, 2020 8pm ET. For questions, please email mrc@naccho.org.

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2021 MRC Operational Readiness Award (ORA)

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MRC Deployment Readiness Guide

This resource guide provides tools for MRC unit leaders to develop volunteer and unit capabilities.

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MRC Deployment Readiness Guide

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MRC Promotes Active Bystander Training

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MRC Promotes Active Bystander Training

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MRC Supports Vulnerable Populations Preparedness

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MRC Supports Vulnerable Populations Preparedness

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MRC Units Address Opioid Overdoses

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MRC Units Address Opioid Overdoses

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Katherine Deffer

Director of Preparedness

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Meagan Doran

Senior Program Analyst, MRC

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Keirsten Andersen

Program Analyst, MRC

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Lean Abdelaziz

Program Analyst, Preparedness

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Caitlyn Harper

Senior Program Assistant

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Beth Hess

Communications Specialist

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