The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the voice of the country’s nearly 3,000 local health departments, has announced a second round of 2021 Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Operational Readiness Awards (ORA). More than $360,000 in awards will support 43 units to build MRC response capabilities (Tier 1) or strengthen MRC response capabilities (Tier 2).

Locally, the Oceana County MRC received a $5,000 Tier 1 Award.

These awards, made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s Medical Reserve Corps Program Office, will support efforts to build and strengthen MRC capabilities, raise stakeholder awareness of MRC capabilities, and identify or sustain integration of the MRC into local, state, and/or regional emergency response plans.

The MRC is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises approximately 272,000 volunteers in roughly 762 community-based units located throughout the United States and its territories. MRC units have been a critical access point for volunteers to support the SARS-COV-2 response, contributing over 800,000 hours of support to the response.