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In 2012, the Medical Reserve Corps celebrates ten years of service, engaging volunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response, and community resiliency. At the federal level, the MRC was announced during President George W. Bush's 2002 State of the Union address, and officially launched as a demonstration project in July of 2002. Over these past ten years, we have seen the program grow to over 200,000 volunteers in almost 1,000 units across the country - ready to respond to emergencies and building resiliency in thousands of local communities through prevention, preparedness and public health activities.

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PHRC Vaccinates Over 600 at Flu Clinics for the Homeless

The Public Health Reserve Corps of Seattle and King County (WA), in collaboration with the Health Care for the Homeless Network, set up 21 flu vaccination clinics in homeless shelters and day centers throughout Seattle. Forty-one MRC volunteers and public health staff successfully vaccinated more than 600 people. In addition, volunteers distributed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine information sheets and thermometers.

The MRC unit experience was a huge success because the unit provided flu protection and a human touch for a population living in a collective environment that does not generally receive such care or services. In addition, unit coordinator, Dave Nichols says, “The volunteers got to do what they signed up for—to serve the county and help make it more resilient. Our volunteers just went to work.

It was a great opportunity for them to get involved in public health outreach within the community and interact with a highly visible, vulnerable population that is often overlooked and underserved. This was the Public Health Reserve Corps of Seattle and King County’s second year of supporting HealthCare for the Homeless.”

Nichols says the unit had great support from public health nurse, Heather Barr and other staff from the Health Care for the Homeless Network, who made arrangements for the clinics and ensured that supplies and vaccines were set up and ready for MRC volunteers.