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MRC Transition: OSG to ASPR
 

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!

 


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