Take Action! Volunteer with the Tristate Medical Reserve Corps
The Tristate Medical Reserve Corps (TMRC) is part of a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the public health, emergency response, and resiliency of their communities.
TMRC benefits you and your community by reinforcing public health, community resiliency and emergency response infrastructures, enabling communities to meet specific health needs, affording the local community more autonomy, and promoting information sharing amongst partners.
The TMRC is the regional volunteer force made up of 11 individual units from Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. The Cincinnati-Hamilton County MRC (CHCMRC) is the one of those units serving the Hamilton County Area. The CHCMRC is housed out of Hamilton County Public Health and is led by unit leaders from both Cincinnati Health Department and Hamilton County Public Health.
The Cincinnati-Hamilton County MRC (CHCMRC) covers 46 jurisdictions including the City of Cincinnati. Our focus is to serve the citizens of Hamilton County by encouraging health education, promoting community resiliency and providing emergency preparedness training. The CHCMRC is 600+ strong and is comprised volunteers with varying backgrounds.
MRC Core Values
Community: Honor the community-based nature of the MRC and recognize the spirit of volunteerism.
Action: Seek opportunities to develop meaningful initiatives that support community medical and public health volunteerism and service.
Resourcefulness: Maximize the potential to learn, and leverage relationships and assets to the fullest extent.
Teamwork: Embrace collaboration and work collectively to achieve a mission.
Diversity: Accept and respect the cultural identity of all.
Medical and Non-medical Volunteers
CHCMRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as community members without medical backgrounds. MRC units engage volunteers in events that require a wide range of backgrounds. Any skill level and type has a place in our MRC!
Volunteer roles will vary, depending on the emergency or disaster and what staffing needs exist. Volunteers may also be assigned duties that are different from traditional every day work duties. For example, a physician may assist with checking blood glucose at a community fair, giving injections at a vaccination clinic, or providing patient education on carbon monoxide poisoning. Support volunteers may be asked to enter patient data, or serve as a patient greeter. CHCMRC volunteers will not be assigned to roles that they do not feel comfortable with or that jeopardize their health and safety.
They frequently contribute to community health activities that promote healthy habits. Examples of volunteer opportunities that CHCMRC volunteers may participate in and support include:
- Emergency Preparedness and Response Trainings
- Health Screenings
- Emergency Sheltering
- Obesity Reduction
- Responder Rehab
- Vaccination Clinics
- Disaster Medical Support
- Outreach to Underserved Community Members
- Disaster Risk Reduction
- Heart Health
- Medical Facility Surge Capacity
- Tobacco Cessation
- First Aid during Public Gatherings
- Community Event Support
- Planning, Logistical, & Administrative Support
- Healthy Living
- Veterinary Support and Pet Preparedness
- Health Education and Promotion
- Engaging Youth in Public Health Activities
Example Volunteer Roles
- Dispensing antibiotics
- Injecting vaccines*
- Reviewing health histories
- Conducting medical screening*
- Performing patient exams*
- Patient care*
- Outreach and education
- Transporting patients
- Staffing a call center to provide information about a disease
- Setting up hospital equipment
- Greeting and directing people through a POD
- Managing the flow of people through a POD
- Volunteer recruitment
- HAM radio operation
*These roles must be fulfilled by a medical volunteer
- Make a difference in your community
- Receive critical updates on emergencies and disasters
- Learn how to better prepare yourself and your community for disasters
- Gain relevant training
- Get to know others in your community
Joining is Easy!
The Tri-State MRC is seeking medical and non-medical volunteers to assist with improving the public health and resiliency in their communities as well as with emergency preparedness efforts!
The Ohio Responds Volunteer Registry is the State of Ohio’s online system for managing public health and medical disaster responder volunteers. This site supports a variety of personnel who may be utilized during disasters; all-hazard response efforts and public health activities. It is used to register, notify, and inform willing individuals who are interested in volunteering.
Requirements to Register
- Must be 18 years or older
- Must complete an approved training in order to maintain Liability Protection (Ohio Administrative Code 121:40-1-04).
- Must comply with any other additional training requirements of the Group you join.
- Must complete all required fields when filling out your volunteer profile.
- Must ensure your profile is up to date at all times (contact information, professional license, etc).
Consider joining today to better prepare your community for tomorrow!
For any questions, please contact;
Cincinnati-Hamilton County MRC Unit Leader