Featured Partner: Upper Valley Medical Reserve Corps

Volunteer Eileen Murphy mans the triage tent to screen and check in registrants.

Highlights from the Upper Valley MRC

Since May, the Vermont Department of Health has sponsored weekly COVID-19 testing clinics for the asymptomatic public. Three Upper Valley Medical Reserve Corps volunteers have stepped up to supplement the healthcare workforce staffing these weekly Covid-19 testing clinics.  Residents and visitors regularly register for these clinics for many reasons. People want to visit loved ones who are high risk, reduce their quarantine period, attend a summer camp, or protect themselves while working at a high-risk business. The reasons are as varied as the people who come, but the results are the same. Upper Valley folks from both Vermont and New Hampshire are flocking to get quality testing in their community. READ MORE

Find out more about the medical reserve corps

The Upper Valley Regional Public Health Network along with the Vermont Department of Health coordinates efforts to recruit, train, and deploy a volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) during public health emergencies. The MRC is housed under the City of Lebanon Fire Department and supports local emergency responders to provide emergency public health services throughout the region. MRC volunteers include medical, public health, and general professionals.

The Medical Reserve Corps was founded nationally in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It was a way to standardize training and organize response for medical and non-medical volunteers who wish to support responders in times of public health emergencies. Unit 1776, the Upper Valley Medical Reserve Corps (UVMRC) was formed in 2008, and since then, we have expanded to a dedicated group who promotes community health initiatives on behalf of our local health departments, hospitals and community partners. We provide event support at flu clinics, medical tents at road races and fairs, education to students, scouts, and other groups and support positive health promotion wherever we are called on. We teach health focused courses such as Stop the Bleed, NARCAN administration, and host speakers on a variety of topics for our members and the public. In times of emergency we supplement the local capacity of our responders and health institutions. We are proud of our group and all they can do. Please consider joining us.

The Upper Valley Medical Reserve Corps is composed of medical and non-medical volunteers dedicated to community health preparedness/education and response in emergencies. We are a bi-state team for NH and VT.

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Stop the Bleed

Stop the bleed event - Upper Valley Medical Reserve Corps

Stop the Bleed empowers members of the lay public with life-saving skills by teaching them the basic techniques of bleeding control in emergency situations. This 2 hour course is ideal for individuals or organizations, and our instructors come with a wealth of knowledge and experience. For more information contact Heather Rigney at Heather.Rigney@Vermont.gov.

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person Stop the Bleed instruction has been suspended. The potential of offering instruction remotely is being evaluated. Please contact Heather Rigney to discuss training options.

To learn more about joining the Upper Valley Medical Reserve Corps, email:

Why Join Medical Reserve Corps?

Benefits for you:

  • Become personally better prepared for emergencies
  • Free specialized disaster and emergency trainings
  • Experience in disaster management and public health emergencies that may be applicable to work or other volunteer roles
  • Learn new skills or stay proficient in existing skills
  • Meet awesome, like-minded volunteers

Benefits for your community:

  • Resiliency – your community builds capability right in your own back yard and is not as reliant on state and national resources
  • Meets identified health needs/gaps through community partnerships, particularly in areas of medical need
  • Gives community members an opportunity to make their communities healthier and safer

UVMRC Supports Community Activities:

Supports trainings open to the public

  • CPR/First Aid
  • Stop The Bleed
  • Psychological First Aid
  • And others

Provide medical support services (“med tents”) at races and other community events

Public education campaigns

  • Personal emergency preparedness
  • Car safety campaign in driver education classes