Logan County Health District

"Promoting an informed, healthy community"




“Local first responders will be quickly overwhelmed in a public health emergency.  Skilled volunteers will be crucial to the success of our local community response.”

Boyd C. Hoddinott, MD, MPH

Health Commissioner


After the events of September 11, 2001, it became clear that our greatest concerns could become reality and that we will likely face significant challenges in this new millennium.  As we cope with this realization, we find ourselves asking, will we be ready when the next disaster arises?  What can I do to help my family, my friends, and my community when that day comes?


What is the Medical Reserve Corps?  

MRC units are community-based and are a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers—medical professionals and non-medical people—who want to donate their time and expertise to promote healthy living throughout the year and to prepare for and respond to emergencies. MRC volunteers supplement existing local emergency and public health resources.



Strengthening the Public Health Infrastructure and Improving Emergency Preparedness


  • Increase disease/injury prevention

  • Eliminate health disparities

  • Improve public health preparedness

  • Promoted Health Literacy

As of March 2007, there are 640 registered units in the U.S. with over 118,000 volunteers.


The Medical Reserve Corps is one way to help build our local public health infrastructure.  This program allows our community to pre-identify, pre-credential, and pre-train a supplemental workforce in advance of when we need them.  As a small, local public health agency, in a community with one local hospital, we could never employ the number of nurses, sanitarians, and educators needed to respond to a situation that may affect the entire county of more than 46,000 citizens.  A volunteer workforce allows us to plan ahead and be ready should the need arise.


What will I be doing?

MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, EMTs, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Other community members, such as interpreters, chaplains, teachers and school staff, office workers, and legal advisors, can fill other vital support positions.


  • During a public health emergency, you may be asked to help staff an emergency vaccination clinic or pharmaceutical distribution site.
  • During times of non-emergency, volunteers will receive free emergency preparedness education and training and have the chance to serve as public health ambassadors.
  • Some activities might include assisting with flu clinics, providing education sessions on special topics, and promoting immunization campaigns.
  • Example, LCHD offered a Flu Clinic last year at Indian Lake High School and the previous year at Benjamin Logan High School .  These were county-wide exercises of our mass vaccination clinic plan.  We had several MRC volunteers help us at these two events so that we could test our plans and improve them.  And, volunteers got a real-world picture of why we need their expertise and how they would be able to help in a real scenario.

Who Can Volunteer?

We are looking for:  

  • Licensed medical professionals and others with medical experience:  Nurses, doctors, pharmacists, EMTs, veterinarians, dentists, nursing assistants, and others

  • Mental health professionals: Counselors, social workers, therapists, psychiatrists, clergy, and others

  • People with special skills:  Computer specialists, translators, health educators, epidemiologists, biologists, chemists, and others

  • Volunteers to provide basic support services

Volunteers can be:

  • Working in their profession

  • Inactive in their profession

  • Retirees

  • Persons at least 18 years old

Codes and Regulations:

  • Ohio Revised Code 121.404 provides liability protection to registered Ohio Citizen Corps (including Ohio Medical Reserve Corps) volunteers during local, state or federally declared emergencies, disasters, drills and trainings. The statute also exempts a registered volunteer's personal information on the Ohio Citizen Corps Database from public disclosure.


Download a registration form




Contact Us:

PHONE:  937.592.9040

e-mail:  MRC@loganhealth.org