MRC was born on the national level out of a need to coordinate medical volunteers in an emergency response. After 9/11, it was apparent that many medical and public health professionals wanted to help, but there was no coordinated way to do so. MRC became the solution, providing a way to recruit, train, and activate medical and public health professionals to respond to community health needs in an emergency or disaster.
Today, MRC units across the country serve their communities in both disaster and non-disaster circumstances, with both medical and non-medical personnel. On the national level, MRC is housed within the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and funded by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).
In McLennan County, the Central Texas Medical Reserve Corps was started by Dr. Sara Dolan and Dr. Jim Ellor in August 2007, with the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District serving as the sponsoring agency. We have been known in the past for our PIT teams (Psychological Intervention Teams). Dr. Dolan and Dr. Ellor, both connected to Baylor University, teach a Psychological First Aid training to prepare volunteers for psychological intervention in a disaster or emergency.