Preventing Illness and Promoting Wellness for Communities in Eastern Connecticut

  • Andover
  • Ashford
  • Bolton
  • Chaplin
  • Columbia
  • Coventry
  • Mansfield
  • Scotland
  • Tolland
  • Willington

Medical Reserve Corps

 

MRC ORIENTATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL MEETINGS

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), headquartered in the Office of the US Surgeon General, is a nationally recognized program composed of local units across the country. The MRC units are comprised of both medical and non-medical volunteers who will support their communities during emergencies and participate in activities that strengthen local public health infrastructure.

MRC Volunteers train - individually and with other members of the unit - in order to improve their skills, knowledge and abilities. Sometimes the training is online coursework, and other times it is part of a drill or exercise conducted with partner organizations in the community. Continuing education units and credits are even available for some programs.

Many MRC volunteers assist with activities to improve public health in their community – increasing health literacy, supporting prevention efforts and eliminating health disparities.

In an emergency, local resources get called upon first, sometimes with little or no warning.

As a member of an MRC unit, you can be part of an organized and trained team. You will be ready and able to bolster local emergency planning and response capabilities.

The specific role that you will play, and the activities in which you will participate, will depend upon your background, interests and skills, as well as the needs of the MRC unit.            

Tasks that will be assigned in response to an emergency could include:

  • Dispensing of medications for first responders
  • Dispensing of medications to the general public
  • Screening medical forms for contradictions
  • Counseling patients
  • Medical Assisting
  • Greeters
  • Clerical work
  • Handing out forms
  • Volunteer Management
  • Directing vehicle traffic
  • Patient Guides and Flow Controllers
  • Logistics and Medical Supplies Management
  • Medical screening

 If you are interested in joining the Eastern Highlands Medical Reserve Corps, please print and complete the Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Enrollment Form.  Completed forms can be mailed to:

John Degan, Emergency Preparedness Response Coordinator Eastern Highlands Health District,  4 South Eagleville Rd Mansfield, CT 06268

Or faxed to 860-429-3321

Or emailed to john.degnan@ehhd.org.​​​​​

MRC Training Sites