Volunteers Building Strong, Healthy and Prepared Communities
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) works to improve the health and safety of communities in Wisconsin and across the country. Volunteers donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies, as well as promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC units organize and utilize medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Many community members—interpreters, chaplains, office workers, legal advisors, and others—can fill key support positions.
SPOTLIGHT: Sawyer County Medical Reserve Corps Receives National Award
The Sawyer County Medical Reserve Corps was awarded Outstanding New MRC Unit Award. Sawyer County MRC received funding for a National Association of City and County Officials (NACCHO) Challenge Grant, Project CPR: Compassion, Protect and Rescue. Project CPR has trained over 30 persons to educate their communities on prevention of human trafficking and care of survivors of human trafficking. Training included key elements of identification, rescue, recovery, and resources available for potential victims of human trafficking in order to raise situational awareness and reduce the risk of trafficking in vulnerable populations. Learn more about the medical reserve corps awards.
Self-Care Pocket Reference Guide for Emergency Response Deployment (PDF) - A guide for volunteer responders that includes pre and post deployment checklists and self-reflection activities. This resource was originally created for the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health, and reprinted with their permission.
- To become a volunteer with a Wisconsin Medical Reserve Corps Unit, contact the Wisconsin Coordinator nearest to you or of most interest to you using the MRC interactive map.
- If you are interested in establishing a Medical Reserve Corps in your community, contact the Wisconsin State MRC Coordinator.
- For more information on the National Medical Reserve Corps, visit the Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps.
Wisconsin Statute Chapter 257 provides liability and worker's compensation for specified licensed health professionals deployed as volunteers during a declared emergency. To be considered for this coverage, you must join Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry (WEAVR). Wisconsin Medical Reserve Corps Units utilize WEAVR as their electronic registration system.