Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a network of community-based volunteer organizations in the United States that are designed to augment and support public health and emergency response efforts. The specific activities and roles of an MRC can vary from one community to another, but they typically include the following functions:

  1. Emergency Response: MRC volunteers are trained to respond to public health emergencies and disasters. This could involve assisting with mass vaccination clinics, providing medical care in shelters, or supporting Ross County Health District during crises like pandemics, natural disasters, or manmade disasters.
  1. Public Health Education: MRC volunteers often engage in community education and outreach to promote public health and disaster preparedness. They may organize workshops, distribute educational materials, and provide information on topics like vaccinations, emergency kits, and evacuation plans.
  1. Health Screenings and Vaccinations: Many MRC units conduct health screenings and vaccination clinics to improve community health. This can include flu vaccine clinics, blood pressure checks, or screenings for chronic conditions.
  1. Medical Support for Events: MRC volunteers may provide medical support at community events, such as marathons, festivals, or sporting events, ensuring the safety and well-being of participants.
  1. Training and Exercises: MRC units often offer training to their volunteers in areas such as disaster response, emergency medicine, and public health. They may also participate in emergency preparedness exercises to practice their skills.

Specialized Roles:

Depending on the community’s needs and the skills of its volunteers, MRC units can have specialized teams, such as medical professionals, mental health professionals, veterinarians, and others who can provide expertise in specific areas during emergencies.

  1. Healthcare Surge Capacity:  In the event of a public health crisis or surge in medical demand, MRC units can be activated to provide additional healthcare resources and personnel to local healthcare systems.
  1. Community Engagement: MRC volunteers engage with the community to raise awareness about public health issues, recruit new members, and foster a culture of preparedness and resilience.
  1. Interagency Collaboration: MRCs often collaborate with other emergency response agencies, including emergency management agencies, and first responders, to ensure a coordinated response to emergencies.

The specific activities and roles of an MRC are determined by the needs of the community and the skills and expertise of its volunteers. MRCs play a vital role in enhancing community resilience and public health by providing support during emergencies and promoting health and preparedness year-round.

Please Contact Our Chillicothe/ Ross County MRC Unit Leader today to apply:

Michael Cortner

Ross County & Chillicothe Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

150 E Second Street, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601

(740) 779.9652 ext. 2235

Anyone 18 years of age and older. We are looking for medical professionals and other skilled personnel who can provide basic support services during emergency and non-emergency events. There is a role for everyone!

Your skills and knowledge are especially needed during times of crisis. In a large-scale emergency, you may be needed:

  • to treat victims of a disaster
  • asked to help at an emergency vaccination clinic
  • assist at a medication distribution site.

During times of non-emergency, you can:

  • attend preparedness training
  • have the chance to serve as public health ambassadors
  • assist with flu clinics
  • provide education sessions on special topics, volunteer for public health events or trainings, and promote immunization campaigns.

In the event of a disaster, emergency or epidemic, we need “hands on deck” to provide assistance to the 78,000 residents of Ross County. Are you ready to take on the challenge and volunteer?

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must complete an approved training as part of the registration process, and every 3 years after, in order to maintain Liability Protection (Ohio Administrative Code 121:40-1-04).  An approved training list can be found on MRC Train.
  • Must comply with any other additional training requirements of the Ross County-MRC
  • Must complete all required fields when filling out your volunteer profile.
  • Must ensure your profile is always up to date (contact information, professional license, etc).
  • If this is your first visit, please click the “Register Now” button on the homepage to begin the registration process.  If you have already completed the registration process or wish to return to an in-progress registration, please sign in using the log in area on the home page. Please DO NOT create multiple accounts. If you do not remember your username or password, please click on the Forgot Username or Password link.
  • Once logged in to the site you must set your Primary Organization:  Ross County -MRC
  • You will then need to complete all sections of the Profile Summary.
  • You are now registered with Ohio Responds and will be notified with additional information soon.  You will receive additional communications from the Ross County Health District in the coming days and/or weeks.

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