The need for the Medical Reserve Corps became apparent after the September 11, 2001 attacks, when thousands of medical and public health professionals, eager to volunteer in support of emergency relief activities, found that there was no organized approach to channel their efforts. Local responders were already overwhelmed and did not have a way to identify and manage these spontaneous volunteers, and many highly skilled people were turned away. As a result, the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was established to provide a way to recruit, train, and activate medical and health professionals to respond to community health needs, including disasters and other public health emergencies. The Santa Cruz County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was established in 2005.
MRC units are community-based and function to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources.
To strengthen communities by establishing a system for medical and public health volunteers to offer their expertise throughout the year and during times of community need.
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