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 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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Deployment Ready MRC

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

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Deployment Ready MRC

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MRC Community Resilience

This Fact Sheet highlights 2017 MRC Challenge Awards projects that enhance community resilience.

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MRC Community Resilience

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MRC Response to the Opioid Epidemic

This Fact Sheet highlights MRCs responding to the opioid epidemic via the 2017 Challenge Awards.

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MRC Response to the Opioid Epidemic

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MRC Shelter Operations Support

This Fact Sheet highlights 2017 MRC Challenge Awards focused on shelter operations support.

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MRC Shelter Operations Support

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.


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.


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 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 (July 2013-present).

Access archived issues of InTouch (August 2008 – June 2013) at the links below:

· Edition 1: August 2008

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Katherine Deffer

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Kamya Raja

Program Analyst, MRC

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Crystal Young

Senior Program Assistant

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