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Medical Reserve Corps

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Volunteers Building Strong, Healthy and Prepared Communities

Welcome to the Washington County Medical Reserve Corps

The Washington County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a unit of local medical and non-medical volunteers who are ready to respond to a public health crisis, strengthen local emergency preparedness and who assist in the delivery of day-to-day services from Washington County Public Health and Environment.

The Washington County MRC welcomes volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences to join us in in supporting Washington County's ongoing local public health and emergency preparedness needs. MRC volunteers do everything from vaccinations to blood drive assistance to data entry. In addition, volunteers receive free trainings and participate in local emergency exercises and drills to prepare for an emergency response.

The Medical Reserve Corps is a national program with a local emphasis. Established by the federal government shortly after September 11, the MRC addressed a newly recognized need for an organized group of medical professionals and citizen volunteers who would be credentialed and trained to give support during emergency situations. Though part of a national network, MRC units are intentionally community based and function as a way to build and nurture safe, resilient communities at the local level.

The Washington County MRC was created in 2004 in cooperation with Washington County Public Health and Environment to supplement existing public health resources by providing additional capacity for public health programs and emergency response. We currently have 335 volunteers. The MRC offers Washington County citizens a great opportunity to make our community healthier and safer.

To become a Washington County MRC volunteer:

Register and create a personal profile on the MNResponds website. MN Responds is a statewide database and messaging program used by Washington County and other Minnesota MRC units. It is a web-based system administered by the Minnesota Department of Health which is used to register, crednetial, track and communicate with MRC volunteers.

After your registration is complete, the MRC Program Manager will be notified that you have registered and will contact you with additional information.

To learn more about the MRC, view a free, online orientation created by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Following a short registration process, you can complete the training for continuing education credits.

For any questions about the program, registration process or volunteer opportunities, please contact Carroll Davis-Johnson by phone at 651-430-6654 or email.

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