Engaging Volunteers to Strengthen Public Health, Emergency Response & Community Resiliency
The Medical Reserve Corps Program (MRC) includes over 200,000 volunteers in over 1,000 units across the country, ready to respond to emergencies and building resiliency in thousands of local communities through prevention, preparedness and public health activities. MRC volunteers consist of medical volunteers (those with active, practice licenses) and non-medical volunteers (those who do not have active, medical licenses).
MRC units play a large role in increasing health literacy, supporting prevention efforts and eliminating health disparities. The MRC unit in Shelby County is housed in the Shelby County Health Department and actively works with local organizations to support community public health response efforts. Some of the recent and ongoing activities include:
Dispensing vaccines/medications for mass prophylaxis at POD (Point of Dispensing) clinics
Assisting the COVID response
Educating the community about Emergency Preparedness at Health Fairs
Participating in City-Wide disaster drills and exercises
Serving as First Aid staff at community events
Serving as Nursing/Medical staff during shelter operations
Staffing call centers when the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) is activated
Triaging evacuees during Hurricane Gustav
MRC volunteers will support and assist the Shelby County Health Department in staffing 20 identified point of dispensing sites, ten shelter sites and providing mass vaccinations, mass-casualty care, and other critical public health services during a declared disaster or public health emergency.