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Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers—medical professionals and others—who want to donate their time and expertise to promote healthy living throughout the year and to prepare for and respond to emergencies.MRC volunteers supplement existing local emergency and public health resources.
MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Other community members, such as interpreters, chaplains, office workers, and legal advisors, can fill other vital support positions.
What Can MRC Volunteers Do?
- Support local public health initiatives and the goals of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010, while advancing the priorities of the Surgeon General:
– Promoting disease prevention
– Improving health literacy
– Eliminating health disparities
– Enhancing public health preparedness
- Assist local hospitals and health departments with surge personnel needs.
- Participate in community preparedness activities, such as exercises for shelters, mass prophylaxis, vaccination clinics, and other emergency scenarios.
- Train with local emergency response partners.
For more information go to www.phe.gov/mrc/Pages/default.aspx