County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Mission Statement
The mission of the Clark County MRC is
to strengthen the health, safety, and preparedness of Clark County by
organizing, training, and involving volunteers to assist in a public health
emergency and to provide surge capacity during public health challenges.
is the 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
990 community-based units and almost 200,000 volunteers located throughout the
United States and its territories.
the Clark County Medical Reserve Corps
The local Clark County MRC unit was organized in 2007 under the
authorization of the Clark County Health Department (CCHD). Its volunteers include medical
professionals, such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and technicians, as
well as other community members with no healthcare backgrounds. Thus, ANYONE can be a volunteer.
unit attempts to train and engage these volunteers to accomplish the mission statement
Though the Clark County MRC has never had to respond to
any local disasters or emergencies, there have been calls extended for
volunteers state-wide during the 2011 flooding in
Western Kentucky, and in the aftermath of the West Liberty, KY, tornado, in
Beyond disasters and emergencies,
volunteers frequently contribute to community activities that promote healthy
habits, such as obesity reduction, and tobacco cessation.
The Clark County MRC unit has
distributed Home Safety Tip Bookmarks to county-wide 5th graders
before summer vacation, as well as Red/Green Emergency HELP Window Signs at
area businesses around Christmas. It
also offered support with a Safety Booth for the 2014 Preservation Pedal
Cycling Event in Winchester, and worked with the Bluegrass Chapter of the
American Red Cross to offer a mass shelter training. The unit has also offered
a pet preparedness training course that was open to the public, and assisted
the CCHD with one of its rabies clinics.
recently, a collaboration has been initiated with the high school Area
Technology Center’s HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) students with
some joint projects, which included assisting attendees at the Generations
Center with assembling disaster preparedness kits, during a blood pressure
screening event, and operating a Zika disease / mosquito awareness booth at the
annual Beer Cheese Festival.
What training is provided?
The Medical Reserve Corps offers
training courses required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for
all emergency responders. These include
the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System
(ICS) which educates everyone about the organizational principles that
responders must follow to work together cohesively during disasters and
Other trainings that have been offered
include CPR, family preparedness, risk communication, psychology of disasters,
and infection control, to mention a few.
can an individual join the Medical Reserve Corps?
can join by registering online through K HELPS (Kentucky Health Emergency
Listing of Professionals for Surge) at https://www.kentuckyhelps.com. K HELPS is an online state-wide program that provides a database/communication
system, used to facilitate responses through identification, credentialing, and
deployment of volunteers.
After registering online, the MRC
unit leader will contact the applicant to make arrangements for completing the
process with the required paperwork for background checks, credential
verification, worker’s comp, etc.
How can I find out more about the MRC?
More information on the Medical
Reserve Corps can be found online at https://mrc.hhs.gov. For any questions regarding the Clark County
MRC, you may contact the unit leader, Jim Cowan, at (859) 385-4453, or by email