Medical Reserve Corps

Blood pressure screenings at the Clatskanie Health & Safety Fair

The Office of the Surgeon General (OSG) announced the formation of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program in early 2002.  The successes of demonstration units around the country have spurred expansions of the MRC program and to date, over 900 units exist across the country including in Columbia County. 


The Columbia County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a voluntary component of the County’s emergency response system.  Joint oversight is provided by The Public Health Foundation of Columbia County and Columbia County River Fire and Rescue.  MRC volunteers are trained and licensed medical professionals (RN, LPN, Environmental Health Specialist, Psychologist, MD, Veterinarian, Dentist, Social Worker, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Tech, etc.) who are willing to assist Columbia County in the event of natural or human-caused disaster.


Volunteer duties may include: provide surge capacity at local clinics, staff Points of Dispensing (POD), provide medical assistance at medical care points, and assist Public Health in conducting epidemiological investigations, disease surveillance or health education and outreach. 


The mission of the Columbia County Medical Reserve Corps is to establish and maintain a pool of pre-identified, pre-credentialed licensed or certified health and medical professionals to provide surge capacity for health/medical response during large-scale public health crises, as well as to support local public health and emergency management exercises and other initiatives. 


To learn more about the Columbia County MRC you can view the unit profile at  If you have additional questions, would like more information, or are interested in applying contact the MRC Coordinator at 503-397-4651.

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