Medical Reserve Corps
A Medical Reserve Corps (often called an “MRC”) is a specialized work unit of people who volunteer their time and expertise to help mitigate a disaster, supplement public health, and serve their country in an emergency. The Medical Reserve Corps is a national program designed to support local efforts to use community medical and health volunteers during emergencies. Many medical and health volunteers offered their help individually on September 11th, 2001, demonstrating the need for a more organized approach to using volunteers during an emergency. The MRC program is fairly new (started in 2002) but well established. Many communities have already formed MRC units and Saint Louis County's was started in June of 2007.
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There are many different types of MRC units. The Saint Louis County Department of Health has decided to form its unit based around nurses and interpreters. The Department is looking for volunteer nurses and people who speak and read languages other than English to work in medical dispensing sites for public health emergencies.
Nurses and interpreters working in hospitals and health department nurses are not being recruited because of their critical role in public health emergencies at all times. After recruitment and training, volunteers will participate in exercises and public health emergencies under the direction of the County Health Department.
Initial training consists of an eight-hour session, sometimes broken into two four-hour sessions. Additional training or exercises of two to four hours in length are schelduled every two to three months. Requests for MRC help with actual public health emergencies could come at any time!
For more information, please send us an e-mail or call (314) 615-1623
Medical Reserve Corps Unit Volunteer