Medical Reserve Corps
National Priorities...Meeting Local Needs
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was founded after President Bush's 2002 State of the Union Address, in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country. The MRC is a partner program of Citizen Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security. Citizen Corps, along with the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Peace Corps are all part of the President's USA Freedom Corps, which promotes volunteerism and service throughout the nation.
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 and help build the public health infrastructure. The MRC is not just volunteers with a medical background but volunteers with varying skills and from all walks of life. Each unit is organized and trained to address a wide range of challenges from public health education to disaster response.
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. Volunteers help supplement existing local emergency and public health resources.
How the MRC Benefits Our Community
MRC bolsters public health and emergency response infrastructures by providing supplemental personnel thus enabling our community to meet specific health needs and allows for national recognition of our public health and emergency response efforts.
Volunteering for MRC gives community members the opportunity to participate in developing strategies to make our community healthier and safer and provides a mechanism for information sharing and coordination between all partner organizations.
MRC Involvement in Public Health
Public Health Preparedness
- Mass antibiotic dispensing
- Surge Capacity
- Shelter staffing
- Alternative care facility
- Mental health support
- Emergency communication
- Blood drives
- Food Safety
- Smoking cessation education
- Classroom education
- Immunization clinics
- Diabetes education
For more information:
To learn more about the Bureau/Putnam County Health Department Medical Reserve Corps, contact:
(815) 872-5091 ext 216
Emergency Response Coordinator - Consultant
(815) 872-5091 ext 227