On November 2, NACCHO released the 2015 Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps report, a comprehensive look at the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) network. The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of more than 200,000 local volunteers dedicated to the safety, preparedness, and health of their communities. The MRC was created after the September 11, 2001 attacks identified a need for an organized volunteer network to assist first responders in the event of an emergency.
Now in its second decade, the MRC network’s reach and impact have grown tremendously. The first report on the MRC network, looked at the administration, composition, and community impact of the MRC. To further investigate the MRC network’s opportunities and challenges, NACCHO launched the second national survey in the spring of 2015. With more than 800 units participating, and a response rate of 80%, research revealed the network continues to contribute to the nation’s health and safety through commitment to local public health, emergency preparedness, and response efforts. This year’s survey built on the2013 Network Profile, examining how the MRC has grown over the past two years. The publication also includes results from NACCHO’s MRC stakeholder study, incorporating opinions of the MRC network from those entities that work with them the most.