The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was founded after President Bush’s 2002 State of the Union Address, in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country. The mission of the MRC is to improve the health and safety of communities across the country by organizing and utilizing public health, medical and other volunteers. It is a partner program with Citizen Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security.
MRC units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals.
MRC also strengthens the public health infrastructure of their communities. This is achieved by improving health literacy, eliminating health disparities, and improving public health preparedness.
Minnesota Responds Medical Reserve Corps
Minnesota Responds is a partnership that integrates local, regional, and statewide volunteer programs to assist our public health and healthcare systems during a disaster. It is part of a national initiative to coordinate and mobilize health volunteers to respond to emergencies.
Whether you are licensed or certified in a health field, active or retired, or a person with an interest in assisting in a health response, we invite you to register in Minnesota Responds.