The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program was created in 2002 in response to President George W. Bush's State of the Union Address, in which he asked all Americans to offer volunteer services in their community. The MRC is a partner program with the Citizen Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security.
The Kansas Medical Reserve Corps is a part of the federal MRC program - Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (OCVMRC) - located out of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. The mission of the federal MRC office is to improve the health and safety of communities across the country by organizing and utilizing public health, medical, and other volunteers.
Purpose / Responsibilities
MRC units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers-healthcare professionals and others-who want to contribute their skills and expertise to the community. MRC units are intended to support, assist and supplement the resources of the existing public health, medical and emergency response systems.
During emergencies, MRC volunteers may provide an important "surge" capability to area hospitals and public health departments. They can also augment medical and support staff shortages at local medical or emergency facilities. The number of MRC units nationwide has increased significantly since the program's beginnings, from 48 in 2002 to over 800 today.
The Kansas MRC has 8 Medical Reserve Corps units located throughout Kansas, including one state-wide Kansas Veterinary MRC unit. However, all units have one thing in common: a desire to work to create safe, healthy, and prepared Kansas communities.