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1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Surgeon General Medical Reserve Corps

2 MRC Concept Nationwide network of community-based groups of volunteers who are interested in strengthening public health Organize the volunteers in support of existing programs and resources to improve the health and safety of communities (and the nation) Identify, credential, train and prepare volunteers (mostly medical and public health professionals) at the community level and in advance of an emergency Strengthening the everyday public health infrastructure will improve preparedness/response


4 MRC Status 408 MRC units in 49 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam Over 74,000 volunteers Physicians Physician Assistants Nurse Practitioners Registered Nurses Dentists Veterinarians Pharmacists Mental Health Professionals EMTs and Paramedics Epidemiologists Health Educators Others…

5 MRC Volunteers

6 For more information: see

7 Ambassadors of the Surgeon General Support Surgeon Generals Priorities for Public Health Support Existing Community Resources –Public Health Initiatives –Emergency Preparedness and Response

8 Support Existing Public Health Resources Upper Merrimack Valley (MA) MRC Flu Vaccination Sedgwick County (KS) MRC Diabetes Detection Initiative

9 Support Existing Emergency Resources Southwest Florida MRC Hurricane Response Clark County (NV) MRC First Aid at American Heart Walk

10 Roles MRC members can have a profound impact on the health and safety of their community Examples: Serve as MRC leaders Provide medical care Administer vaccines and dispense medications Provide health education as part of a local public health initiative Provide counseling for victims, families and responders Promote preparedness Provide administrative, logistical and communications support

11 2005 Hurricane Response and Recovery Efforts Establishing medical needs shelters Providing medical support in evacuee shelters and clinics Filling in locally for others who were deployed to the disaster-affected regions Immunizing responders prior to their deployment to the disaster affected regions Staffing response hotlines Teaching emergency preparedness to community members

12 An Evolution of the MRC Concept Identifying mechanisms to allow involvement outside of local jurisdictions Various mechanisms –state-to-state mutual aid agreements and the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) –American Red Cross –HHS Federalization process…serving as an auxiliary of the Public Health Service

13 National Efforts MRC Support for American Red Cross Disaster Operations Health services, mental health and shelter operations roles > 700 applications received > 400 MRC members received assignments or are approved for travel MRC Support for HHS Recovery Efforts Provide supplemental staffing for special needs shelters, clinics, strike teams and other assignments > 800 MRC members volunteered to support this mission ~ 200 MRC members activated

14 White House Recommendation HHS should organize, train, equip, and roster medical and public health professionals in preconfigured and deployable teams Include the PHS Commissioned Corps, the DoD, the VA, the NDMS, and members of the MRC

15 A work in progress… Volunteer Management Credentialing –Connection with ESAR-VHP Training –Connection with NACCHO –Connection with PHF Legal Protections Activation

16 How to find your local MRC



19 For More Information: Tel. (301) 443-4951

20 Contact Information Robert J. Tosatto, RPh, MPH, MBA CDR, USPHS Director, Medical Reserve Corps Program Office of the Surgeon General Room 18C-14, Parklawn Building 5600 Fishers Lane Rockville, MD 20857 Tel. (301) 443-2528 Fax (301) 443-1163

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