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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Connecticut Registers 5,000 Volunteers to Mitigate COVID-19 Patient Surge

Background:

In FY 2019, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) used Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) funds to purchase an off-the-shelf software package from Juvare to enhance the functionality of CT’s volunteer registry program and develop a management system compliant with federal regulations. On March 20, 2020, the CT DPH launched CT Responds!, the new volunteer management system for registering MRC volunteers and other medical and non-medical professionals throughout the state. The system aligns with ASPR’s Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) program guidelines and has several new capabilities, including the capacity to run medical licensure verifications.

Response Activities:

CT Responds! has been an important tool in CT’s response to COVID-19. For example, the MRC units have activated/deployed nearly 200 times since the start of 2020, deploying medical and non-medical volunteers to high-risk sites, including COVID-19 testing sites, hospitals, department of corrections, and long-term care facilities. MRC volunteers also continue to staff a COVID-19 testing site at Bradley International Airport in support of CT’s travel advisory.

Impact:

As of January 2021, over 5,000 volunteers have been registered in CT Responds! since its launch. The CT Responds! platform has been a critical tool in addressing the staffing needs that the COVID-19 pandemic demands. MRC volunteers are now gearing up to assist in Mass Vaccination Clinics at Point of Vaccination locations throughout the state.

  • This page last reviewed: March 01, 2021