What is Minnesota Responds?


Minnesota Responds is a partnership that integrates local, regional, and statewide volunteer programs to assist our public health and healthcare systems during a disaster.

It is part of a federal initiative that requires every state to implement Systems for Advanced Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP). The system adopts a program model recommended by the public health service called Medical Reserve Corps. Local volunteer coordinators mobilize health and "non-health" volunteers to respond to emergencies within the community, or if the volunteer is interested, within the state. Whether you work in a health field or not, active or retired, if you have an interest in assisting your community or state during a health crisis, we invite you to register in the Minnesota Responds MRC.

To those visiting the Minnesota Responds MRC Homepage for the first time, you may want to learn more about what it means to volunteer. You are encouraged to click on the FAQ link that addresses many common questions, or take the free online orientation training by clicking on the following link: http://www.sph.umn.edu/academics/ce/online/. Following a short registration process, you can complete the training for continuing education credits. Additional online training is available by clicking on the Resources and Tools link on this homepage.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering.
Barbara Lundgren, State Coordinator
Minnesota Responds Medical Reserve Corps