The Vermont Medical Reserve Corps improves the health and safety of communities across the state by organizing and utilizing public health, medical, and citizen volunteers.
The Vermont Department of Health is pleased to be the lead agency for providing guidance and support to the state's Medical Reserve Corps Units.
The Vermont Medical Reserve Corps Units
Vermont currently has three fully established MRC units with more in the process of being organized. Visit the unit websites or find the MRC unit nearest you for more information.
- Central Vermont MRC Unit 5
- Chittenden County MRC
- Northwest Vermont MRC
- Rutland County MRC
- Southeastern Vermont MRC
- Southwestern Vermont MRC
- Upper Valley MRC (a bi-state unit with New Hampshire)
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What is the typical MRC unit?
There is no "typical" MRC unit. Each unit organizes in response to the specific, often unique, needs of an area. A region's hazard threats, health concerns, and the organization in which the unit is established (health department, hospital, faith-based organization, etc.), will shape the makeup of an MRC unit.
Despite these differences, all MRC units share the common mission to improve their local area's public health emergency responce infrastructure capabilities.
Having a MRC Unit in your community
The Vermont Department of Health’s District Offices, as our local health leaders, work with emergency response partners in their communities to help form MRC units.
What are the benefits of forming a MRC unit?
MRC units work with their many counterparts to learn best practices, as well as receive education, training and technical assistance to help your local unit meet the changing needs of your communities. MRC units receive:
- immediate recognition in the community, by the state, and nationally in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and in Citizen Corps.
- technical assistance from the MRC National Program Office.
- opportunities to coordinate and collaborate on activities, research, and technologies with federal agencies, and national medical, health and emergency response organizations.
National Guidance for Local Communities
The MRC National Program Office serves as a clearinghouse of information for MRC units. Although the National Program Office does not lay out strict rules about how a community should reach its goals and objectives, it offers guidance, tools and resources.
- Unit Development Tools - These tools includes sections about how to start, organize, coordinate, develop, and maintain an MRC unit and offers examples of best practices from MRC units with success stories about education, training, and other topics. In addition to providing this document as a resource.
- The National Program Office Website - the national program links each community, interested person, or organization to more information and a strong network for communication.
The Vermont Department of Health is the lead agency for MRC development in Vermont. Our District Office emergency preparedness specialists work with local communities and emergency response partners.
If you want to be a part of forming a MRC unit for your community, contact the Vermont State MRC Coordinator.
Initial steps are to form an MRC advisory committee, identify a unit coordinator, and find a sponsoring/housing agency that will serve as the fiscal agent.
Once those three items are in place, the advisory committee and coordinator work on the Registration Criteria
- Establishing MRCs in Vermont
- Vermont Sponsoring Organization Criteria
- Sample MRC Unit Director/Coordinator Position Description
Contact the Vermont State MRC Coordinator
Derek Coffrin, MRC Coordinator
Vermont Department of Health
Office of Public Health Preparedness