The Northwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps




The Northwest MRC (NWMRC) is a regional Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit–a force of dedicated volunteers who stand ready to support the community in the event of a public health emergency.  We are composed of teams of medical and public health professionals who, along with interested community members, volunteer their skills, expertise and time to support ongoing public health initiatives and assist during emergencies throughout the region we serve.

The Northwest MRC is one of over twenty MRC units throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia that make up the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps, the public health emergency preparedness and response volunteer program administered by the Virginia Department of Health, and serves a geographic area spanning the Central Shenandoah Health District, the Lord Fairfax Health District, and the Blue Ridge Health District (formerly Thomas Jefferson Health District). While the Northwest MRC overall acts as a singular Medical Reserve Corps program throughout the region, unit leadership still recognizes the Blue Ridge (Charlottesville) MRC, Central Shenandoah MRC, and Lord Fairfax MRC as distinct “chapters” that are considered local assets under the direction and control of their respective health districts.


The mission of the Northwest MRC is:

“to improve community health, preparedness, resilience, and social connectedness by organizing volunteers to augment and assist established public health and medical emergency response operations, supporting routine outreach and interventions, and promoting public health and emergency preparedness to family, friends, and neighbors.”

The Specific Objectives of Northwest MRC are:

  • Support local response and recovery
  • Recruit members to build response capacity
  • Ensure MRC integration into response plans
  • Deliver mission-centered training
  • Promote community participation
  • Collaborate with partners, community
  • Communicate effectively


Northwest MRC Membership Requirements

Membership in the Northwest Medical Reserve Corps requires the following:

  1. Completed volunteer application through the Virginia Volunteer Health System
  2. Copy of medical licensure and/or other credentials, as applicable
  3. Documented acknowledgement of Northwest MRC policies, including a basic SP-230 background check
  4. Volunteer Orientation and Initial Training.
  5. Maintaining up-to-date contact information in your Virginia Volunteer Health System account

Once the initial orientation is completed, the Northwest MRC member will be able to attend a variety of required, recommended, and elective training opportunities/exercises that are offered during the year. Please take a moment to read our FAQ’s and apply to volunteer with the Northwest Medical Reserve Corps. We appreciate your time and interest, and we hope to work with you as an active Northwest MRC member in the near future!