The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of local groups of volunteers engaging local communities to strengthen public health, reduce vulnerability, build resilience, and improve preparedness, response and recovery capabilities.
There are over 900 units throughout the United States and its territories. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. The MRC was established after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to provide a way to recruit, train, and activate volunteers to respond to community health needs, including disasters and other public health emergencies.
How does the MRC help?
The Hawaii MRC operates under the Hawaii State Department of Health. In a disaster, MRC volunteers may be activated to provide surge capacity to the department and other emergency management partners. MRC members may assist in shelters, help distribute medicines, or provide information and assistance to the community in other ways as needed. MRC volunteers attend orientation and quarterly meetings and participate in relevant training activities as their schedule allows. Volunteers are invited to participate in preparedness exercises, community health activities, flu clinics, vision screening clinics, health fairs, and other events. Due to our geographic isolation, Hawaii’s communities must be self-sufficient and resilient.
Oahu Medical Reserve Corps
Phone: (808) 587-5770 | [email protected]
Maui County Health Volunteers
Phone: (808) 243-8649 | [email protected]
Big Island Medical Reserve Corps
Phone: (808) 974-6010 | [email protected]
Kauai Medical Reserve Corps
Phone: (808) 241-3420 | [email protected]
Last reviewed September 2017