The Medical Reserve
Corps began in 2002 as an entity that reported to the Office of
the United States Surgeon General (OSG), led by Dr. Richard Carmona.
This alignment reinforced our dedication to providing medical
support to local communities in an ongoing basis, especially during
disasters. The OSG reports to the Office of the Assistant Secretary
for Health (OASH).
In recent years, there
was research into whether the MRC should be moved into a different
organization. By 2013, authority for overseeing the MRC was shifted
to the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR).
The new reporting structure became official this fall. Captain
Robert Tosatto announced this development through a letter
to all MRC leaders and affiliates on October 3. Tosatto describes
the transition that is currently underway, with hopes for an even
stronger and more effective MRC as a result of this new alignment.
To get a sense of this
structure and the MRC's counterparts, see the ASPR
web page describing leaders of its organizations. Note that
Captain Tosatto is listed as a new member of the Office of Emergency
Management. Both ASPR and OASH are within the United States Department
of Health and Human Services (USDHHS); see the organizational
chart for the structure.
On December 22, an
article was posted
on the ASPR web page, encouraging potential volunteers to join
the MRC. The vitality of our program continues, as described by
the author: The MRC is a national network
of units made up of medical and public health volunteers, as well
as others, with a mission to improve the public health, emergency
response, and resiliency of communities.
We commend everyone
who continues to serve our country as an MRC volunteer!