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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Medical Reserve Corps




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 approximately 185,000 volunteers in roughly 800 community-based units located throughout the United States and its territories.

MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. MRC units engage these volunteers as well as local and state-level partners to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities, and build community resiliency. MRC units prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, blizzards, and floods, as well as other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks.

Check out these stories of the MRC in action:

To learn more about the MRC and the ways that it supports community resilience and public health, visit the Medical Reserve Corps website.

Watch, Listen and Learn

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  • This page last reviewed: November 09, 2020