Improving the health, emergency response and resiliency in our communities. 

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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Outbreak Tracker.  Johns Hopkins


World Health Organization (WHO)


US DHHS “Public Health Emergency” web page


Network for Public Health Law.  Coronavirus Primer.  Authorities, etc...


US DHHS National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Library of Medicine (NLM) COVID-19 Resource Page


To Join MRCSA, please click on the Volunteer Tab in the Toolbar for our VOLUNTEER APPLICATION.


NEW MRC TRAINING AND TIER LEVELS: Click on the Volunteer Tab in the Toolbar

Coming Events!

It's not too late to vaccinate!

National Influenza Vaccination Week

December 6-12

MRCSA Milestones


  • Founded, September 30, 2002

  • One of 50 original MRC units

  • Established as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, 2003

  • Hurricane Katrina Evacuee Shelter, August, 2005

  • Authorization of HB-2599, November, 2005

  • Measles Outbreak, 2008

  • Student MRC Established, 2008

  • H1N1 Influenza Pandemic response, 2009

  • MRC-UA established, 2010

  • Tenth Anniversary, 2012

  • Emergency Civilian Casualty Care, 2014

  • Power Outage Roundtable, 2014

  • Ebola and All-Hazards Forum, 2014

  • MRCSA State Coordinators Meeting, February 2015

  • MOU signed with AZCHER, April 2015

  • Renewed MOU with Red Cross, June, 2015

  • Power Outage Roundtable - Next Steps, November 2015

  • Southern Arizona MRC Alliance, 2016

  • Affiliation with Southern Arizona Interagency Peer Support Team, June 2017

  • Pima County LOOP Opening, March 2018

  • Pima County Mass Care Exercise, May 2018 

  • Cochise County Hepatitis A Response, Summer 2019

  • MIRT Team, October 2019

  • First Annual Brain Health Conference, November 2019

  • Public Health Team, February 2020

  • TUS Mass Casualty Exercise - March 10, 2020

  • CoVID-19 Response - March 16 - October 16, 2020

Community Partners

Arizona HOSA - Future Health Professionals

Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation

Pima County Medical Society

International Center for Vasectomy Reversal

Kachina Business Systems

Hilton Tucson East

Northwest Medical Center

Tucson Fire Department

Arizona Healthcare Coalition - South

Tucson Medical Center

Southern Arizona Chapter of American Red Cross

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center

Kindred Hospital - Tucson

Southern Arizona Interagency Peer Support Team

Integrated Community Solutions to Active Violence Events (ICSAVE)

Pima County JTED EMT Program

NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador

Southern Arizona COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster)

U of A Flying Samaritans





MRCSA welcomes licensed health and medical personnel, including nurses, nurse practitioners, veterinarians, pharmacists, doctors, chiropractors, physician assistants, behavioral health professionals and dentists. 

Volunteers with active licenses as well as retired health professionals and students in healthcare career tracks are the Medical Reserve Corps of Southern Arizona.

MRCSA Community Roles and Responsibilities

MRCSA volunteers are prepared to provide surge capacity in local disasters, including but not limited to assisting with medical and non-medical functions at mass prophylaxis and vaccination clinics; exercise and drill planning and participation; staffing call centers and phone banks; post-event incident follow-up; supporting continuity of operations for hospitals and clinics during public health emergencies; assisting community long-term recovery efforts through outreach and assistance; data collection and entry; general and post crisis education; foreign language education and interpretation; information technology support; local resource dissemination; and other logistical support at public clinics. Non-emergent activities address daily community health needs.


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the management and oversight of the non-profit corporation. They review and approve all MRCSA documents and initiatives. The Board is responsible for community outreach to ensure sustainability and recommends methods to build and grow the organization. They would also be at the forefront of any legislative action that may be required for growth or sustainability. 

Our 2019 Board of Directors:

Keith Boesen PharmD, President

Sheldon Marks MD, Vice President

Steve Nash, Treasurer

Mary Stebbins RN

Kris Blume

Cynthia Dowdall PhD

Bruce Whitney

Harry McDermott MD

Trica Harris

Mike Carter

Jenna Wild

Advisory Council

An Advisory Council, comprised of members of the medical community, educational institutions, and cooperating agencies and organizations, offers advice and support to the organization. Advisory board members do not vote and do not have policy making authority.

MRCSA Program Planning Team

Established in 2015, the MRCSA Leadership Team has been reconstituted for 2020 as the Program Planning Team. The Team is comprised of members who are devoted to the professional growth and development of the program through training and other educational and community outreach opportunities. 

The Program Planning Team develops the training and exercise calendar which is posted on our calendar. Click on the tab above to view the calendar.

MRCSA Public Health Team
MRCSA Mass Incident Response Team

Disaster Distress Hotline

CDC Managing CoVID-19 Stress

Poison Centers Resource


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/prepare/managing-stress-  anxiety.html


From the United States and its territories, call 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor, 24/7.Spanish-speakers can call the hotline and press “2”for 24/7 bilingual support. Callers to the hotline can also connect with counselors in over 100 other languages via 3rd-party interpretation services.

To connect with a live Disaster Distress Hotline crisis counselor 24/7 text “TalkWithUs” for English or “Hablanos” for Spanish to 66746.

Call 520.445.7035​