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The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises 995 community-based units and almost 200,000 volunteers located throughout the United States and its territories.


MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. MRC units engage these volunteers to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities and build community resiliency. They prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, blizzards, and floods, as well as other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks. They frequently contribute to community health activities that promote healthy habits. Examples of activities that MRC volunteers participate in and support include:


  • Emergency Preparedness and Response Trainings 

  • Health Screenings

  • Emergency Sheltering

  • Vaccination Clinics

  • Disaster Medical Support

  • Outreach to Underserved Community Members

  • Heart Health

  • Tobacco Cessation

  • First Aid During Large Public Gatherings

  • Community Event Support

  • Planning, Logistical, & Administrative Support

  • Healthy Living

  • Health Education and Promotion

  • Engaging Youth in Public Health Activities










Ripley County Health Department

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