QVHD Medical Reserve Corps

The mission of the Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD) MRC is to engage volunteers to supplement and assist local public health in preparing and responding to emergencies, mass distribution of countermeasures and other public health events of significance.  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. 

Questions? Concerns? Excited?! Contact your MRC leaders!

Ali Mulvihill- amulvihill@qvhd.org or

Kara Sepulveda- ks@qvhd.org ; Telephone: 203-248-4528 

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

■ Community Outreach at Events 
■ 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 the Incident Command System (ICS) 

Learn about common acronyms used in public health emergency preparedness 

Register with the MRC Train webiste & 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.