The Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps is a cadre of volunteer health care professionals and community members trained to respond and assist with public health crises and public health activities in the 13 counties and 3 cities that comprise southwestern Virginia. In 2014, this Unit will be celebrating its 10th Year Anniversary. It is 1 of 988 units under the direction of the Office of the U. S. Surgeon General and 1 of 31 units in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
In early 2004, the health departments in Cumberland Plateau, Lenowisco and Mount Rogers districts of southwestern Virginia established a regional Medical Reserve Corps. Over the past 10 years the Unit has been active in the community assisting with Influenza and H1N1 vaccine dispensing, Hurricane Katrina support, responding to intense snow storms and, its largest response, the tornadoes of 2011. The Unit received the National “2012 Medical Reserve Corps Mentor Award” and the Virginia Emergency Management Association’s “Volunteer Group Award” for the 2011 tornado response. In addition to emergency events, the Unit participates in many community events such as DEA Drug Take Backs, Damascus Trail Days, United Way Virginia Highlands healthy child evaluations, community health fairs, First Aid booths and wellness events.
The Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps recruits for practicing, retired or otherwise employed medical professionals, as well as community members with non-medical skills. Physicians, pharmacists, nurses, epidemiologists and paramedics are just a sampling of the medical community which is accepted for service. Clergy, translators, sign language interpreters, clerks, volunteer coordinators and all other members of our communities are also encouraged to consider becoming a part of the local unit.
Membership in the Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps requires the
A. Completed application
B. Copy of medical licensure (if applicable)
C. Volunteer Orientation and Initial Training
D. Ability to work up to 12 hour shifts, if required by the emergency
Once the initial orientation and training is completed, the Corps member will be able to attend a variety of training opportunities that are offered during the year and assist with a wide variety of public health events and activities.
Please take a moment to review the training schedule, read the newsletters and/or register for service. We appreciate your time and interest and hope to have you as an active Medical Reserve Corps member in the very near future.