The Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps is comprised of health care professionals and community members committed to sharing their time and talents to support the public health community in Southwest Virginia. Established in 2004, this volunteer organization is 1 of 989 units in the national network whose mission is to build strong healthy and prepared communities across the Nation.

Since 2004, Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps volunteers have responded to local natural disasters, H1N1 and seasonal flu responses and winter weather emergencies. Volunteers routinely assist with other non-emergency public health activities including training, exercises, community preparedness and health fairs.

In 2012, the Virginia Emergency Management Association’s “Volunteer Group Award” was awarded for tornado response; in 2016 the Division of Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps “Champion Award” was earned for work with the DEA Drug Take Back initiative; and in 2012 the Unit Coordinator received the “2012 Medical Reserve Corps Mentor Award” from the Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps.

Practicing, licensed, retired health care professionals, as well as community members with non-medical skills, who live and/or work in the Cumberland Plateau, Lenowisco and Mount Rogers are encouraged to consider membership. Those interested in joining must complete an application, orientation, and a background screening. Once approved, volunteers will be ready to respond to public health & local emergencies and may then choose to participate in non-emergencies activities and trainings, as there is time and interest.

If there are questions or more information is needed, please contact the Unit Coordinator by clicking on the Contact Information tab to the left.

SWVAMRC Membership

Membership in the Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps requires the following:

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.

Cumberland Plateau, Lenowisco and Mount Rogers Health Districts

Volunteers Building Strong, Healthy and Prepared Communities

Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps