The MRC program was formed in 2002. Recruiting, training, and organizing medical and public health professionals to strengthen their communities through volunteerism are at the core of the MRC concept. MRC volunteers offer their expertise throughout the year by supporting local public health initiatives, such as immunization and other public health activities. When a community-wide public health emergency occurs, MRC volunteers work in coordination with existing local emergency response plans.
Volunteers are the very heart of the MRC. The existence of this nationwide, community-based program is due to the willingness of volunteer medical and non-medical members of the community to serve their fellow residents in times of need.