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NACCHO Announces Over $1 Million in Medical Reserve Corps Operational Readiness Awards

NACCHO recently announced the 2019 Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Operational Readiness Awards (ORA). 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 approximately 180,000 volunteers in roughly 860 community-based units located throughout the United States and its territories.  These awards, made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Medical Reserve Corps Program Office, will help support over 200 MRC units to increase their volunteer capacity (Tier 1) or strengthen the unit’s response capabilities as a whole (Tier 2).

  •  Tier 1 Awards: $2,500 – Strengthen MRC Volunteer Capabilities: MRC units that want to focus their efforts on strengthening the volunteer capabilities of their MRC unit. Project goals may include but are not limited to building MRC unit size through targeted recruitment campaigns, increasing the number of volunteers trained in the MRC core competencies, and identifying and procuring resources to meet the MRC unit’s mission.
  • Tier 2 Awards: $7,500 – Strengthen MRC Unit Response Capabilities: MRC units that are positioned to further develop their volunteer capabilities, as well as strengthen or build their unit response capabilities. Project goals may include strengthening targeted volunteer capabilities, building or sustaining specific unit response capabilities, and identifying and procuring resources to meet and/or expand the emergency and preparedness response capabilities of the MRC unit.

2020 MRC Operational Readiness Awards (ORA) by State

Tier I Award ($2500)

  • Arkansas – North Little Rock High School Medpro MRC, Marion County MRC, River City Ministry of Pulaski County MRC
  • Arizona – Mohave County MRC
  • California – Ventura County MRC, Healthcare Em Aux Response MRC, Berkeley County MRC
  • Colorado – MRC of El Paso
  • Connecticut – Middletown MRC
  • Florida – Florida Keys MRC
  • Georgia – DeKalb County MRC, Southwest Georgia MRC
  • Idaho – Southwest Idaho MRC
  • Illinois – Douglas County MRC, McLean County MRC, Macoupin MRC, Woodford County MRC, Skokie MRC, Marshall County MRC, Crawford County MRC, Hancock County MRC, Schuyler County MRC, Clay County MRC, Cumberland MRC
  • Indiana – Hendricks County MRC
  • Kentucky – Pike County MRC
  • Louisiana – New Orleans MRC
  • Maine – Downeast Maine MRC
  • Maryland – Maryland Response Howard County MRC
  • Massachusetts – Franklin County MRC, Newton MRC, Metro East MRC, Town of Monson MRC, Hampshire county MRC
  • Missouri – Bollinger County MRC, Howard County MRC
  • Nebraska – RROMRS MRC
  • New Hampshire – Greater Nashua MRC
  • New Jersey – Atlantic County Public Health MRC, Camden County MRC
  • New York – Livingston County MRC, Schenectady County MRC, Saratoga MRC
  • North Carolina – North Carolina Baptist Men MRC Central Region
  • Ohio – Montgomery County MRC, Paulding County MRC, Pike County MRC, Huron County MRC, Mahoning/Columbiana MRC, Brown County MRC, Trumbull MRC, Van Wert County MRC, Mercer County MRC, Fayette County MRC, Pickaway County MRC
  • Oklahoma – Grady County MRC, Carter County MRC, Oklahoma Stress Response Team, Leflore MRC, Oklahoma Region 3 – Kiowa & Caddo MRC, McClain County MRC, Garvin County MRC, Garfield Area MRC
  • Oregon – Linn County MRC, Eastern Oregon Regional MRC
  • South Carolina – Upstate Public Health Reserve Corps
  • Tennessee – East Tennessee Regional MRC, Upper Cumberland Tennessee Regional MRC
  • Texas – Brown County MRC
  • Utah – Bear River Cache County MRC, Central Utah MRC, Bear River Rich County MRC
  • Vermont – Southwestern Vermont, Southeastern Vermont, Rutland Addison MRC
  • Virginia – Near Southwest MRC, Richmond City MRC, Greater, Prince William County MRC, Norfolk MRC
  • Washington – Thurston County MRC, MRC of Eastern Washington
  • West Virginia – Pendleton County MRC, Mid Ohio Valley MRC

Tier 2 ORA – $7500

  • Alabama – North Alabama MRC
  • Arkansas – White County MRC
  • Arizona – Maricopa County MRC
  • California – Sacramento MRC, Marin MRC, Lake County MRC, California Veterinary MRC, Contra Costa County MRC, Alameda County (ALCO) MRC
  • Colorado – Pueblo MRC, Colorado Veterinary MRC West, Colorado Radiation Response MRC
  • Connecticut – Capitol Region CT MRC, Stratford-Trumbull-Monroe MRC, Torrington Area Health District MRC, Pomperaug Health District MRC, Naugatuck Valley MRC
  • Florida – Southwest Florida MRC, Miami-Dade County MRC
  • Georgia – MRC of West Georgia, East Metro Health District GEM MRC
  • Illinois – Kane County MRC, Adams County MRC, Bureau-Putnam MRC, Rock Island County MRC, Cook County MRC, McDonough County MRC, Effingham County MRC
  • Kansas – Kansas State Animal Response Team MRC
  • Kentucky – River Run Regional MRC
  • Louisiana – Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) Veterinary MRC
  • Massachusetts – Berkshire MRC, Upper Merrimack Valley MRC, Brookline MRC, Topsfield MRC, Norfolk County – 8 Coalition MRC, Middleborough Area MRC
  • Maryland – Maryland Responds State MRC, Middleborough Area MRC
  • Michigan – Washtenaw County MRC, Livingston MRC
  • Minnesota – University of Minnesota MRC, Minnesota Veterinary MRC, Hennepin County MRC, Minnesota Behavioral Health MRC
  • Missouri – NEMO MRC, Cape Girardeau County MRC, Macon County Community MRC
  • Nebraska – Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa MRC, Central Nebraska MRC, West Central Nebraska MRC
  • New Hampshire – Northern New Hampshire MRC, Upper Valley MRC
  • New Jersey – Somerset County, Middlesex County, Newark DOH, Mercer County
  • New Mexico – New Mexico Integrative Wellness MRC
  • New York – Dutchess County MRC, Erie County SMART, Niagara County MRC, Monroe County MRC, Rensselaer County MRC, Orange County MRC, Orleans VALOR MRC
  • North Carolina – Capital MRC
  • Ohio – Greene County MRC, Preble County MRC, Williams County Ohio MRC, Medina County MRC, Wood County MRC, Clark County MRC, Franklin County & Columbus MRC
  • Oklahoma – Tulsa OK Region 7 MRC, Kiowa County MRC, Oklahoma Nurses MRC, Norman Citizens Corps Cleveland MRC, Oklahoma County MRC, Southwest, Oklahoma MRC, HOOPS MRC
  • Oregon – Coos County MRC, Wasco County MRC
  • Pennsylvania – Philadelphia MRC
  • Rhode Island – Rhode Island MRC
  • South Carolina – South Carolina Veterinary Response MRC
  • Tennessee – Northeast Regional MRC, Shelby County MRC
  • Texas – Harris County MRC, Dallas County MRC, Tarrant County MRC, Galveston MRC, Brazoria County MRC, Fort Bend County MRC, Cameron County, Montgomery County MRC
  • Utah – Utah County MRC, Weber County MRC, Bear River Box Elder County MRC, Southwest Utah MRC, Wasatch County MRC, Salt Lake City MRC, Morgan County MRC
  • Virginia – Southwest Virginia MRC, Rappahannock-Rapidan MRC, Rappahannock Area MRC, Fairfax County MRC, Chesapeake MRC, Eastern Shore MRC, Peninsula MRC, Central Shenandoah MRC
  • Washington – Snohomish County MRC, Pierce County MRC, Island County MRC, PHRC Seattle King County MRC, Bainbridge Island MRC
  • West Virginia – Mountaineer MRC, Hampshire County MRC, Cabel Wayne MRC
  • Wisconsin – Eau Claire County MRC

National Preparedness Month: We Have the Power to Prepare

By Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, NACCHO President and Executive Director of Harris County Public Health

This September marks the fourteenth annual National Preparedness Month, created to raise public awareness about the importance of preparedness and encourage Americans to plan for emergencies. Each year during the month of September, more than 3,000 national, state, and local organizations commemorate National Preparedness Month by promoting guidance and resources that help communities effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and other catastrophic events. Ultimately, National Preparedness Month helps to ensure every resident in our nation has the skills they need to protect themselves and their families during an emergency. Continue reading

The Medical Reserve Corps – An Interview with Leaders Captain Rob Tosatto and Commander Skip Payne

The following is an excerpt from the summer 2017 issue of NACCHO Exchange. The issue features in-depth articles about the work of Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units across the country. In this condensed article, NACCHO explores the history and significance of the MRC program in an interview with program leaders Captain Rob Tosatto and Commander Skip Payne. Read the full article and download the issue in the NACCHO Bookstore at

By Brennan J. Leddy, M.A.Ed (Ctr), Communications Specialist, Medical Reserve Corps Program, Partner Readiness and Emergency Programs Division, Office of Emergency Management, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. This year, the MRC celebrates its 15-year anniversary! Continue reading

Preparedness Month 2016: Raising Local Awareness this September and Beyond

By LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH, Executive Director, NACCHO

September marks National Preparedness Month, a golden opportunity for local health department (LHD) and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Unit leaders, staff, and volunteers to highlight the importance of public health preparedness. Whether it is a natural disaster, like the current flooding in New Orleans, or a sudden disease outbreak, like the Zika virus, raising awareness about preparedness, its various components, and the role of LHDs, MRC Units, other agencies, and community members is crucial to ensuring the health and safety of our nation. LHDs and MRC Units—typically leading the charge in the wake of a public health emergency—stand to particularly benefit in two big ways by celebrating Preparedness Month. First, they can pique community interest in emergency planning and response activities in September, and ultimately inspire residents to be vigilant and engaged in preparedness efforts throughout the year.

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NACCHO Study Highlights Partnerships between MRC and Public Health

DentonCountyMRCBy Julie Looper, Senior Program Analyst, NACCHO

The following post was originally published on NACCHO’s Preparedness Brief blog. For more preparedness news and information, visit

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) partnerships with state and local officials provide key support to public health and emergency response services. The need for these partnerships to expand and strengthen is likely to increase as communities face ongoing budgetary declines and increasing demands on resources. Understanding the characteristics of these partnerships will help to identify where and how assistance can be provided to initiate and support MRC units and can also have the potential to influence policy and strategic decision-making from the local to federal level. Continue reading

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles with the Help of the Medical Reserve Corps

Group Of Children Running In ParkBy Alyson Jordan, Communications Specialist, NACCHO,  and Lisa Lee, School Health Project Coordinator, Monmouth County (NJ) Health Department

How can you take your community’s talents and use them to make children healthy and active? Monmouth County, NJ, found a way by engaging a variety of health and educational professionals to pilot a “School Health Council” project called, “Action for Fitness in Monmouth County.” In 2010, Monmouth County piloted a School Health Council to promote healthy eating and exercise among schoolchildren and educate students and families about nutrition and fitness. The School Health Council was comprised of local health officials, a school administrator, school nurses, teachers, parents and members of the local Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit, the Monmouth County Health Department MRC.

The MRC is a national network of over 200,000 volunteers organized into almost 1,000 local units across the country. While many volunteers have a medical background, a significant number of volunteers are non-medical people who are interested in making their communities a better place by educating residents on how to be prepared for a disaster or sharing healthy lifestyle information. MRC units participate in activities based on the needs of their communities; in this instance, five volunteers were happy to share their medical expertise in the implementation of the School Health Council project.

In 2010, the School Health Council project pilot launched at Farmingdale Public School in Farmingdale, NJ, with the goal of increasing fitness, improving nutrition education and decreasing students’ body mass indexes (BMIs). To do so, the School Health Council implemented strategies recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote healthy lifestyles in children and parents. These strategies, which could be implemented in any community, included the following:

  • Adopting health policies for school parties and celebrations;
  • Planting an edible garden at the school where students can garden and eat the vegetables grown;
  • Measuring students’ activity levels by giving each a pedometer; and
  • Developing in-class and after school fitness activities; and instituting healthy cooking classes

MRC volunteers helped to support these activities in a variety of ways. One MRC volunteer, a chef by profession, hosted a demonstration to teach families how to make healthy and kid-friendly snacks. Other MRC volunteers provided expertise and gave feedback as medical professionals during School Health Council meetings. Non-medical volunteers walked weekly with groups of students to school and coordinated a Family Fitness Olympics.

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