Medical Reserve Corps

Medical Reserve Corps

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Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Registration

To register to be a Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer, please visit Volunteer Idaho at:


Medical Reserve Corps

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is made up of community members with and without medical training, as well as public health professionals. Each individual possesses valuable skills that contribute to the day-to-day operations of the local public health department and during times of community need. The Central District Health Department’s Medical Reserve Corps program serves Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley Counties.

MRC members:

  • Supplement existing emergency and public health resources
  • Include 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
  • Strive to increasing disease prevention, eliminating health disparities, and improving public health preparedness
  • Offer education and prevention services to improve the public health infrastructure of their neighborhoods and communities
  • MRC members also learn valuable skills such as:
  • How to protect the health, safety, and overall well-being of themselves, their families, the team, and the community
  • How to develop a personal and family preparedness plan
  • MRC unit’s role in public health and/or emergency response and its application to a given incident
  • How to follow procedures for assignment, activation, reporting, and deactivation

Everyone is invited to apply to become a member of the CDHD Medical Reserve Corps Unit. We are in great need of the following skills/positions:

  • Accountants
  • Chaplains
  • Clerical assistants
  • Customer service representatives
  • Housekeeping
  • Information technologists
  • Licensed medical professionals (e.g., doctors, nurses, PA’s, NP’s, dentists, pharmacists, psychiatrists, etc.)
  • Linguists (e.g., Spanish, Swahili, Arabic, Bantu, Kurundi, French, Vietnamese, Sign, etc.)
  • Logistics
  • Public health professionals (e.g., epidemiologists, medical entomologists, environmental specialists, industrial hygienists, nutritionists etc.)

You can join the CDHD team and volunteer as frequently as you like or solely be available in the event of a public health emergency or disaster.

Typically, MRC members contribute their time and talents during an emergency or throughout the year by participating in our preparedness training and exercises.

Central District Health Department reserves the right to place volunteers where the need is greatest. We will make every attempt to place volunteers in area that capitalizes on their skills and abilities.

Becoming a Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer is easy, just visit to register.

You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to be part of the MRC.

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