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A Brief History of the Medical Reserve Corps
 After the life-altering events of 9/11, the volunteer physicians of the Stuyvesant Triage Center, recognized the need for an organized group of medical volunteers who would be trained and prepared to provide supplemental medical and public health support in response to emergency operations in New York City. The group submitted a proposal to the city, requesting that a cadre of trained medical volunteers be established; the proposal was alter expanded to suggest a nationwide group of volunteers be developed—a concept that eventually reached President George W. Bush and Congress. More »
Refugee Health from the Local Health Department Perspective
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has prepared this issue brief to provide the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) and local health departments (LHDs) an overview of the status of refugee health programs at the LHD level. This issue brief contains information obtained from primary and secondary sources; an environmental scan of relevant programs and literature on the subject of refugee health; key informant interviews; and a facilitated discussion with local public health representatives who work directly with local refugee health programs. More »
U.S. Port Preparedness at the Local Health Department Level
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention operates 20 quarantine stations throughout the United States. These quarantine stations are part of a comprehensive Quarantine System that serves to limit the introduction of infectious diseases into the United States and to prevent their spread. Local health departments (LHDs) collaborate with the quarantine stations and support these activities; however, many issues remain unresolved with respect to planning for and responding to health-related situations at U.S. ports of entry at the LHD level. NACCHO created an issue brief for public health professionals to better understand the challenges faced by LHDs when planning for preparedness activities and also to identify strengths in the current system in order to further improve planning and response activities. More »
Advanced Practice Center Products Support Medical Reserve Corps Initiatives
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) prepared this fact sheet to introduce Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units to valuable training resources available through the Advanced Practice Centers (APC) Program. APCs exist to serve the public health community and provide resources ranging from training products to prepare for and respond to mass casualty incidents, to public education materials to reach vulnerable populations. With public health resources stretched to the limit, the tasks of planning for and preparing to meet the needs of the community during a public health all-hazards event are daunting. A partnership among APCs, the MRC, and local health departments (LHDs) can create the tools necessary to leverage resources and assets with the goal of achieving efficient and effective responses, and recovery from a disaster or public health emergency. More »
NACCHO Supports Medical Reserve Corps Efforts
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has prepared this fact sheet to help local public health professionals understand the shared cooperative agreement and unique relationship between the Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (OCVMRC) and NACCHO and the benefits Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units nationwide receive due to this dynamic partnership. More »