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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Medical Reserve Corps/Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps?

What does the Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps do?

Who can join?

What are the requirements or qualifications to become a member?

How do I become a member of the Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps?

I am already a member. How do I update my contact information with the Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps?

Who do I contact if I have a question?

What is the Medical Reserve Corps/Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps?
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program was officially launched as a national community-based movement in July 2002, in response to President Bush’s call for all Americans to volunteer in their communities.  Its mission is to improve the health and safety of communities across the country by organizing and utilizing public health, medical, and other volunteers.  The Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps is a local unit of the national Medical Reserve Corps designed to serve Bucks County and its residents.

What does the Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps do?
The Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps (BC-MRC) recruits, organizes, and trains a group of community volunteers that will be involved in working with the Bucks County Health Department and partners on public health preparedness activities and exercises including:

  • Mass prophylaxis of county communities in the event of a public health emergency including bioterrorism, the Pandemic Influenza and any other infectious disease epidemic
  • Annual flu vaccination clinics held as Pandemic Influenza exercises yearly
  • Members will have the opportunity to volunteer/participate in these drills and other exercises which might arise.

The BC-MRC also provides its services at various community functions including public health fairs.

  • BC-MRC volunteers will also engage in the provided blood pressure checks, BMI computation and monitor other health indices for the public at a health fairs.

Training will be provided to BC-MRC volunteers to increase their emergency response skills and help prepare their families and communities.

The BC-MRC partners with other organizations to accomplish its mission of improving the health and safety of our communities through public health preparedness.  In agreement with the Surgeon General’s priorities, the BC-MRC will engage in the following:

  • In consonance with the Surgeon General’s Priorities, engage in the following:
    • Improvement of health literacy through on-going public health programs like health education, AIDS awareness outreach in our communities and other public health activities of the health department, that would lead to
      • Increase in disease prevention, that would help in
      • Eliminating health disparities, and
      • Improving public health preparedness through planning, training and exercises.

Who can join?

Anyone 18 years of age or older can join become a volunteer with the Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps.  There are no licensures or educational/employment backgrounds required for membership.  The Bucks County Medical Reserve Corp welcomes non-medical volunteers as well as those with medical or public health backgrounds.  For more information on volunteering please see the Volunteer section of our website.

What are the requirements or qualifications to become a member?
The diverse backgrounds and skills of the volunteers with the Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps give the organization the strength and depth that makes it successful and useful to the community.  There are no requirements which you must possess prior to becoming a member.  However, after signing up for the Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps (BC-MRC) you must pass a background check and, if you have any licensures or certifications, provide us with a copy to prove it is current.  There are trainings which will be required of every Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps volunteer in order to provide our members with the basic knowledge necessary to fulfill their roles as a BC-MRC volunteer during times of emergency and non-emergency.  Some of these trainings can be completed on your own time and at home.

How do I become a member of the Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps?

To join the Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps, click on the Volunteer Form to download the PDF application.  Complete the information on the form and send it in via mail or email.  If you have any questions please call 215-345-3318. 

I am already a member, how do I update my contact information with the Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps?
To update your information, click on the Volunteer Update Form to download the PDF form.  Complete the information on the form and send it in via mail or email.  If you have any questions please call 215-345-3318. 

Who do I contact if I have a question?
Contact the Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator at the Bucks County Department of Health at:

Bucks County Department of Health
Neshaminy Manor Center
1282 Almshouse Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone: 215-345-3318
Email: HDbcmrc@buckscounty.org

 

Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps
Bucks County Department of Health
Suzanne Redington, M.P.H.
BC-MRC Co-Coordinator

Neshaminy Manor Center
1282 Almshouse Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone: 215-345-3318
Fax: 215-345-3833

OR
 
Drew Dycus, M.P.H. 
Neshaminy Manor Center
1282 Almshouse Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-345-3832
 ddycus@buckscounty.org

Email: HDbcmrc@buckscounty.org