MRCSA VOLUNTEERS

 

  • Donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year

  • Supplement exisitng emergency and non-emergent health care resources

  • Are physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, mental health professionals, veterinarians, epidemiologists, clergy, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, students and administrative and logistical support persons

  • Are pre-trained, pre-credentialled, and registered and can be deployed under the incident command system during a disaster or public health emergency. 

 

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MRCSA ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

 

  • Task Forces – Discipline specific Task Forces are organized to maximize training potential and to foster greater flexibility in assignment and communication during deployment. Task Forces are:

    • Physicians

    • Nursing

    • Behavioral Health

    • Pharmarcy

  • Task Force Leaders – Each Task Force determines its leadership structure, with a single Task Force leader, co-leadership or a leadership team. Task Force leaders are responsible for guiding the Task Force through training, drills and exercises as well as general policy development.

  • Leadership Team – A dedicated group of Task Force members form the Leadership Team. Responsibilities include development of the annual MRCSA training and exercise calendar, plannng and hosting regularly scheduled meetings and coordinating special events.

  • Coordinator – The MRCSA Coordinator is responsible to oversee the day to day operation of the program. The Coordinator works with Task Forces, the Leadership Team and the Board of Directors to ensure success in recruitment, retention, training and exercises. The Coordinator has the responsibility of developing and maintaining community partnerships, acting as the liaision to regional, state and national MRC and maintaining an organization that is responsive and resilient.  

 

 

 

 

WHOLE COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND RECOVERY

 

Recognizing that preparedness is a shared responsibility, it calls for the involvement of everyone—not just the government—in preparedness efforts. By working together, everyone can keep the nation safe from harm and resilient when struck by hazards, such as natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and pandemics.

Whole Community includes:

  • Individuals and families, including those with access and functional needs

  • Businesses

  • Faith-based and community organizations

  • Nonprofit groups

  • Schools and academia

  • Media outlets

  • All levels of government, including state, local, tribal, territorial, and federal partners

Licensure and Credentialing

Current licensure is not a requirement for medical professionals to volunteer with the MRCSA.  However, volunteers who are acting in a medical response capacity which requires licensure or certification must possess current Arizona credentialing. 

Inactive and active medical professionals are requested to provide license information as a part of their application and registration. Credentials and licenses will be verified semi-annually.  The MRCSA Program Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that credentialing is current for volunteers who serve in a medical capacity.

In the event of a disaster or public health emergency, MRCSA members whose licenses have expired or were voluntarily relinquished may be prohibited from performing tasks such as vaccinating and prescribing medications. Their expertise and training is valuable and may be used in other areas.  If an emergency is of sufficient magnitude, the Governor may waive licensure requirements and authorize retired and out-of-state medical professionals to perform medical procedures, in which case members whose licenses are inactive may be assigned in the same manner as those with current licensure.  

Pro Bono License  

The Arizona Medical Board offers an annual Pro Bono license for a doctor of medicine who is not licensed to practice in Arizona, valid for sixty days each year. 

  • Applicants must hold an inactive and unrestricted license pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute 32-1431.

  • Applicant must never have had a license revoked or suspended.

  • Applicant is not the subject of an unresolved complaint.

  • Applicant must apply annually.

  • Applicant agrees to provide all medical services without accepting a fee or salary.

For more information, contact the MRC office or the Arizona Medical Board. 

RESILIENT COMMUNITIES

 

Community resilience, or the sustained ability of a community to withstand and recover from adversity has become a key policy issue at federal, state, and local levels, including in the National Health Security Strategy. Because resources are limited in the wake of an emergency, it is increasingly recognized that resilience is critical to a community's ability to reduce long recovery periods after an emergency.

The purpose of the National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) is to refocus the patchwork of disparate public health and medical preparedness, response, and recovery strategies in order to ensure that the nation is prepared for, protected from, and resilient in the face of health threats or incidents with potentially negative health consequences. 

For more information,go to:

http://www.phe.gov/preparedness

 

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

 

MRCSA welcomes licensed health and medical personnel, including nurses, nurse practitioners, veterinarians, pharmacists, doctors, chiropractors, physician assistants, and dentists. Non-medical volunteers fill essential administrative and support functions. Click here to review the application.

VOLUNTEER FOR YOUR HEALTH!

 

Volunteering can have a significant effect on your own health. Research presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service shows a strong relationship between volunteering and health; those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.

See 'The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research' for more information: http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/volunteering/benefits.asp.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

 

Professional development is essential for maintaining a committed, competent, and capable volunteer corps. MRCSA will align its investments in training and education to support its mission and to achieve its vision. Strategies to achieve this objective include:

  • Leadership competencies and capabilities

  • MRCSA new member orientation

  • MRC Core Competencies

  • National Incident Management System (NIMS)

  • Incident Command System (ICS)

  • CPR/First Aid/AED

  • Emergency Operations Center Interface

  • Shelter Management

  • Triage

  • ECCC Training

  • Infection Control Training

  • Immunization Training

  • BDLS/ADLS

  • Pandemic Influenza Planning, Preparedness and Response 

  • Points of Dispensing and Strategic National Stockpile Orientation

  • Alternate Care Sites, Overflow Treatment Areas, Hospital Surge and Mass Casualty

  • HAM Radio Operation and Licensure

  • Bioterrorism Readiness

  • Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • Native Healing Traditions

  • Cultural Awareness

  • Language Skills

Arizona ESAR-VHP 

ESAR-VHP, the Emergency System for the Advance Regsitration of Volunteer Health Professionals, enables the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), local health departments and emergency management to rapidly identify and mobilize health care volunteers.

The system enables hospitals and other medical entities to meet crisis and surge capacity needs and ensure the continuance of critical health care services.

MRCSA encourages all volunteers to register with ESAR-VHP.

To register, go to www.azdhs.gov/volunteer

For more information, contact MRCSA at 520.445.7035

Call 520.445.7035​