NACCHO recognizes work of Medical Reserve Corps

The National Association of County and City Health Offices recognized the work of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) on Thursday as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

MRC volunteers around the country responded to Tropical Storm Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and the Oso/SR530 landslide in Washington state in 2014. As part of the response to the Oso landslide, 80 MRC volunteers worked in call centers and provided administrative and mental health support for first responders. They also assisted the medical examiner’s office in notifying families.

Volunteers with the MRC prepare for and respond to natural disasters and emergencies that affect public health, including disease outbreaks. They also assist in community activities to promote healthy living and can help set up communication links during emergencies.

In Snohomish Country, MRC volunteers spend an average of approximately 200 hours per month serving under-insured and uninsured citizens in their community. They work in two homeless communities and one food bank in the county, providing foot care, wound care and medical education and referrals.

According to a report by the Corporation for National and Community Service, 64.5 million Americans volunteer a total of 7.9 billion hours every year. The MRC is composed of a national network of 200,000 volunteers.

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