Health

Medical Reserve Corp

What is the Polk County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)?

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a public health volunteer program for people with and without medical background. Any adult over 18 years old can volunteer. Participants can volunteer in several activities such as medical evaluations, vaccinations, and patient education. In addition, volunteers also can help with non-medical activities such as interpretation, clerical support, stocking medical supplies, patient flow facilitation, etc. Everyone’s skills are valued and needed.

What can MRC volunteers do?

Participants can volunteer in several activities such as medical evaluations, vaccinations, medication distribution, patient education, screenings, physiological first aid, disaster response and communicable diseases investigation, among others.

In addition, volunteers also can help with non-medical activities such as interpretation, assisting with flu clinics and children’s health screenings, helping with health fairs, promoting public health campaigns, computer assistance, clerical support, stocking medical supplies, patient flow facilitation, etc.

Who can volunteer?

Any adult over 18 years old can volunteer. We are looking for people with and without medical background.  Everyone’s skills are valued and needed.

What are the volunteer requirements?

  • Register here!
  • Pass a background check
  • Health professionals must provide the MRC coordinator current professional licensure information.
  • Attend MRC 101 volunteer orientation or complete the online course.
  • Uphold the highest professional and ethical standards as a MRC representative.

Contact Mandy Penning for more information at mandy.penning@polkcountyiowa.gov or (515) 286-2005. 


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