NEWS & FEATURES
January 2020 Newsletter Read More
A Message from an MRC Unit Leader Read More
SAVE THE DATE: DMRC Meet & Greet scheduled for April 11, 2019 Read More
FREE Diabetes Self Management Workshop Read More
“Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Workshop” set at STAR Health Sciences Complex Read More
Chronic pain self-management workshop at STAR Health Sciences Complex Read More
Diabetes self-management workshop starts: Six free sessions to help or prevent health complications Read More
Diabetes self-management workshop set at STAR Health Sciences Complex Read More
Chronic disease self-management workshop to meet at STAR Health Sciences Complex Read More
New Castle MRC Raises Awareness about the Role of Volunteerism in Healthy Communities Read More
Delaware MRC conducts Autism Preparedness Training Read More
ASPR Blog – Prepared to Serve: Medical Reserve Corps Read More
Helping out for health Read More
The Delaware Medical Reserve Corps (DMRC) is sponsored by the Delaware Division of Public Health and is a volunteer corps comprised of dedicated medical and non-medical professionals who give their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. Volunteers also participate in health promotion and education in local communities.The DMRC has three county units (New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties) and provides the structure necessary to pre-identify, pre-credential, pre-train, and activate volunteers in a timely matter.
The DMRC is sponsored by the Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness Section, which has contracted with the University of Delaware School of Nursing to coordinate Delaware’s three county units (New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties), Delaware’s Self-Management Program, and Delaware’s Behavioral and Emotional Support Team (DE BEST).
History of Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) Movement
The national MRC movement began after September 11, 2001 when there was difficulty managing the thousands of spontaneous volunteers as Americans across the country asked “What can I do to help?” The answer was developed in the months following 9/11 and the MRC concept was born. It exists to pre-identify, pre-train and pre-credential volunteers for national emergencies and public health special events.
The national MRC program partners with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Citizen Corp and is headquartered in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
History of DMRC
The DMRC was started in 2006. It is housed in the Delaware Division of Public Health. It serves to supplement existing medical and public health staff. In 2013, three county-based units were established in the state, including New Castle, Sussex, and Kent.
The DMRC is sponsored by the Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness Section, which has contracted with the University of Delaware School of Nursing to coordinate the three county units: New Castle, Kent, and Sussex.