Who will help if we have a major medical emergency in our community like the pandemic flu? Who will provide medical assistance in shelters following a disaster? Who provides the extra hands during flu clinics? The Medical Reserve Corps!
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a group of volunteers who work in cooperation with the Columbia/Boone County Health Department. The group includes those with medical training as well as laypeople.
The Boone County MRC meets once a month, normally the fourth Thursday at 6 p.m. at the health department. Last night they met to talk about a state-wide volunteer database of medical volunteers and also to create a photo ID for each volunteer that will assist them in having access to sites where their help is needed. In this photo, they are working with the Elliot badging system.
The Medical Reserve Corps is gearing up for fall flu clinics and welcome new volunteers. To learn more, contact Betsy Smith in the Columbia/Boone County Health Department at 874-7285.