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Medical Reserve Corps Seeking Volunteers

JOLIET – The Will County Health Department is looking for a few good men, and a few good women too.

Medical Reserve Corps

Medical Reserve Corps

Volunteers that Assist Agency Personnel during Emergencies

In order to meet the public health needs during critical events, the Will County Health Department, in collaboration with the Will County Emergency Management Agency, has formed a Medical Reserve Corps and we are actively recruiting new members. We welcome all kinds of volunteers with medical and non-medical skills. Healthcare professionals, such as nurses, pharmacists, medical assistants, and physicians are needed as well as people who can serve as registration clerks, health educators, interpreters, etc.

The Medical Reserve Corps supports the mission of the Health Department to prevent disease and promote a healthier environment. It is directed to provide a readied volunteer force that can assist the agency's professionals during times of critical events that threaten the public's well-being. 

The Medical Reserve Corps:

  • will allow the Health Department to extend its professional services and resources in response to increased public health concerns.
  • will provide organizational structure and promote appropriate training of volunteers.
  • provides healthcare professionals and others an organized mechanism through which they can volunteer.
  • provides orientation and position training with hands-on experience through drills and exercises.

For more information about joining the Will County Health Department Medical Reserve Corps, call the Emergency Preparedness & Response program at (815) 727-8802 or fill out a Volunteer Application.


Become a Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer

Photos of WCHD Medical Reserve Volunteer Activities

Becoming a volunteer can be a fulfilling experience regardless of why you want to be involved, whether it is simply to meet new people, develop new skills, share your talents and your knowledge, support a cause, or give back to the community.

About the Medical Reserve Corps

The idea for a national volunteer corps emerged out of the tragic events of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Thousands of medical and public health professionals, eager to volunteer in support of emergency relief activities, found that there was no organized approach to channel their efforts. Local responders were overwhelmed and did not have a way to identify or manage these spontaneous volunteers.

Emergency Preparedness News
Health Department's Medical Reserve Corps Helps Feed the Joshua Arms Seniors

Health Department's Medical Reserve Corps Helps Feed the Joshua Arms Seniors

Northern Illinois Food Bank Supplies Food Paid for by Presence St. Joseph Medical Center

Health Department’s Medical Reserve Corps, Senior Services of Will County, and the Northern Illinois Food Bank teamed up to make it all happen.


Recent Trip to ISU Being Followed by Trip to Florida

Three Joliet West students; Guadalupe Becerra, Paola Patino, and Alyna Navarrete; all have ambitions of working in the pediatrics field.


Joliet West H S Students Looking into Pediatric Oncology Through their HOSA and MRC Work

Guadalupe Becerra, Paola Patino, and Alyna Navarrete all have ambitions of working in the pediatrics field.
What You Need to Know about Ebola

What You Need to Know about Ebola

The Ebola Virus

The outbreak is affecting multiple countries in West Africa and CDC has confirmed the first travel-associated case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. About half of the people who have gotten Ebola in this outbreak have died. 

Although the risk of Ebola spreading in the United States is very low, CDC and its partners are taking actions to prevent this from happening. 

'Tremendous and impactful'

A Message from Captain Robert J. Tosatto; Director, Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps

Dear Medical Reserve Corps network, colleagues, and partners,

Since its inception in 2002, the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has served to improve the health, safety, and resilience of the nation. The Office of the Surgeon General, and particularly the Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (DCVMRC), has shared and highlighted information about the MRC network through a variety of reports, presentations, and briefings over the years. Now we are pleased to support the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and its work to produce this first Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps.

H7N9 Flu and Mers-CoV Update: August 7, 2013

Updated Information

H7N9 Flu Update: Disturbing news emanated from eastern China August 6 with the online publication of a study indicating the first instance of a probable person-to-person transmission of the novel H7N9 bird flu virus. The study concerned the 32 year-old healthy daughter of a 60 year old who had fallen ill after frequent visits to an animal market with live birds and died a few weeks after being admitted to the hospital.

Flu Alert! According to Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the CDC, Forty-seven states now report widespread geographic influenza activity!

The United States is having an early flu season with most of the country now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness but the news is not all bad; while some key indicators of flu activity continued to increase, others declined. According to the CDC however, it is too soon to signal that the worst of the epidemic is over.