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The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to improve the health and safety of communities across Philadelphia by organizing and utilizing public health, medical and other volunteers.
The Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) established the Philadelphia MRC in October 2005.
The Philadelphia MRC now has about 725 active members who are trained, credentialed, and ready to respond when needed. They stay prepared by:
- attending training on emergency preparedness and response
- participating in preparedness drills and exercises hosted by PDPH and other City agencies
- assisting with public health functions when needed, such as supporting flu vaccine clinics
During an emergency, Philadelphia MRC volunteers may help in critical ways. They may:
- conduct medical screening or evaluation
- give vaccine or medicine
- answer questions in a hotline call center
- provide behavioral health support
- help with mass patient care in shelters, clinics or hospitals
- assist with disease control measures, such as case finding and monitoring
The Philadelphia MRC will make every effort to match the emergency roles of volunteers with their professional skills and licensure. In addition, all volunteers will be given specific training for response and, if necessary, will be provided with medication, vaccine or equipment to protect themselves.