QVHD Medical Reserve Corps

The mission of the QVHD Medical Reserve Corps (QVHDMRC) is to augment local community health and medical services staff with pre-identified, trained and credentialed MRC volunteers.  The QVHDMRC provides a mechanism for civic-minded individuals to train and prepare for a public health emergency.  This group of volunteers provides a pool of resources available to supplement the local emergency responders in Bethany, Hamden, North Haven and Woodbridge to assist in mass prophylaxis/vaccination clinics, emergency shelters and other public health community efforts.

Who can volunteer?

Health Professionals: The MRC needs practicing or retired Connecticut licensed health care professionals including physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, social workers, mental health counselors, health educators, epidemiologists, and paramedics/EMTs. Healthcare providers must have an active Connecticut license in order to practice medicine. Healthcare professionals that do not have a current license may still volunteer in a support role.


Non-Health Professionals:  The MRC also needs volunteers for key support roles (e.g. greeters, educators, security, registration, interpreters, pet care and chaplain services). 
 

What are some examples of volunteer activities?

■ Assisting with mass vaccination clinics
■ Interpreting for people with limited English

■ Answering phone in an emergency call center

■ Assisting with triage and client care in town operated emergency shelters
■ Staffing first aid stations at community events

What will be required of volunteers?

Volunteers may be called upon during a public health crisis (e.g. natural disaster, mass casualty event, disease outbreak, extreme weather event) but are not required to respond. In order to be eligible to respond to a disaster as a MRC volunteer, individuals must complete a set of initial trainings, orientation and a background check. Optional trainings and activities are offered every quarter. 
For more information, check out the National MRC website

How do I become a MRC volunteer?

Download an MRC application (Microsoft Word .docx format)

LEARN ABOUT ICS (Incident Command System)

LEARN ABOUT COMMON ACRONYMNS USED IN PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS

REGISTER WITH THE MRC-TRAIN WEBSITE AND THE NATIONAL MRC WEBSITE to learn about courses, webinars, and what is happening in other parts of the country. 

WHAT IS ESF? Basic information on the Essential Services Functions.