Medical Reserve Corps
About the Medical Reserve Corps
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is comprised of a group of volunteers who have committed themselves to volunteering in a medical capacity to assist with making Jefferson County a safer and healthier community.
During September 2001, there was an overwhelming response of volunteers who wanted to assist at ground zero. Volunteers had to be turned away due to the lack of staff and support needed to credential and train volunteers during that emergency. During a presidential speech early in 2002, President Bush urged Americans to volunteer. The Jefferson County Medical Reserve Corps was developed and established in 2007. The primary goal was to train those personnel before the disaster and to integrate them into the overall emergency and response plans.
Currently, we are strongly encouraging both medical and non-medical volunteers to participate. The Jefferson County MRC has been active by participating in H1N1 vaccination clinics, health fairs, health and hygiene presentations at Jefferson County schools, flu vaccination clinics, and public information booths at various events that promote health and wellness and encourage family preparedness.
During a public health emergency, the MRC would be available to assist in surge capacity to local providers and operate a POD for mass distribution of vaccinations or other medications.
Currently, we have a total of 24 active volunteers, which include nurses, EMTs, firefighters, a funeral director, a dental hygienist, and other public health and non-medical volunteers. If you have interest in supporting your local community by volunteering, whether you are a medical or non-medical volunteer, please contact the Jefferson County Health Department at (785) 863-2447. For further information or questions please contact RN Crystal VanHoutan
or visit the State of Kansas Volunteer Registry