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

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.


MRCSA News //

MRCSA is celebrating our 20th Anniversary

Proudly serving our community since 2002!

Coming this Fall

Anniversary Kick-Off

President's Volunteer

Service Awards

Multi-Agency Table Top Exercise

Brain Health Conference and Training

Coming Events!

October 1

Shelter Support Team 

Meeting/Training Location:Red Cross Chapter

October 8

Aging, Dementia and Public Health 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. This is an in-person workshop. Location: Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation - 3182 N. Swan

October 14 

Red Cross Shelter Rodeo - Schedule changed due to Red Cross hurricane response. 

October 22

Volunteer Service Awards - COVID Response

Location Abrams Public Health Center

October 26-28

CISM Training/Group and Individual

Location: Marana Police Department Community Room

(Registration closes October 1)

November 5

Multi-Agency Mass Casualty Response Table Top Exercise Location: Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation, 3182 N. Swan

November 9

Brain Health Training/ Conference (This is an in-person training. Location: Tucson Police Department - West Side Service Center (Registration: Click on the Events Tab Above)


Monkeypox Resources


COVID-19 Resources

   COVID-19 Outbreak Tracker.  Johns Hopkins

MRCSA Milestones


  • Founded, September 22, 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 Disease Investigation - March 16 - October 16, 2020

  • COVID-19 PODs December 17, 2020 - June 30, 2021

  • Shelter Support Team Established December 4, 2021

  • MRCSA - Red Cross Sign Third MOU - June 29, 2022

  • 20th Anniversary - September 20, 2022

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

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





Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the organization's governing body. The board focuses on the high-level strategy, oversight and accountability of the organization. 

The individuals who make up your Board of Directors are responsible for making key decisions that address the organization's mission, strategy, and goals. 

They aim to address the community's interest through the organization's work and act as the legal voice for the organization.

The board develops and implements the strategic plan. Members act as team liaisons.

2022-23 Board Members

Keith Boesen PharmD

Sheldon Marks MD

Steve Nash

Sean Elliott MD

Cynthia Dowdall PhD

Mary Stebbins RN

Lois Marecek M.Ed, LPC

Mike Carter

Bruce Whitney

MRCSA Shelter Support Team

In partnership with the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Shelter Operations Team is trained to respond to disaster and emergency shelter operations within the region. Team member are physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and other medical professionals. Non-medical volunteers fill important support roles. 

Brainstorming with Mask
MRCSA Program Planning Team

Established in 2015, the MRCSA Leadership Team was reconstituted in 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 web calendar. Click on the tab above to view the calendar.

MRCSA Public Health Team

The Public Health Team supports the mission of the Pima County Health Department. Members have participated in back to school immunization clinics, Influenza vaccination clinics, Epidemiology case investigation and, currently, COVID-19 Points of Dispensing. 

MRCSA Casualty Mass Incident Response Team

MIRT is a team of specialists who are trained to support local, state and federal agencies in response to a significant mass casualty incident. MIRT was founded in 2019.

MRCSA COVID-19 After Action Report and Improvement Plan (Coming Soon)

Disaster Distress Hotline

CDC Managing CoVID-19 Stress

Poison Centers Resource 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.

Coping with COVID Vaccine Anxiety

Thanks to our partners at the University of Arizona for these resources

Coping with COVID Vaccine Anxiety -

UA Campus Health Services

3 Minute Breathing - UArizona Life & Work Connection