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Become a Public Health Volunteer
Residents of Passaic County are needed to serve as volunteer reserves for the Passaic County Department of Health. Passaic County realizes that, in the event of a public health emergency, volunteers are our most valuable resource. New Jersey has made great strides in creating the plans and infrastructure necessary to prepare for and respond to a public health emergency. However, we need to identify a dedicated group of individuals that can be relied upon in the event of a bioterrorist or natural disaster to help put our plans into action.

Volunteers will need to participate in training and education in order to be adequately prepared should an event occur. The NJ Department of Health and Senior Services will help provide guidelines and recommendations for training through the New Jersey Medical Reserve Corp. Program (NJMRC).

During a public health emergency, volunteers will be asked to perform duties in accordance with their interests, training, and experience. Such duties might include:

  • direct patient care
  • administrative duties
  • clerical or reception duties
  • translation services

In order to accomplish our goal, the NJMRC is designed to help identify and register individuals who are willing to serve within their local area. Volunteers will be utilized through county and local health agencies as part of the emergency management system in that jurisdiction. The State is also interested in identifying individuals with special expertise who are available for consultation and/or response throughout the state. These special response teams would be a valuable state asset.

Who can join the Medical Reserve Corps?

The MRCs invite both health care professional and community health volunteers. Any licensed or certified health care professional, practicing or retired, living or working in the State of New Jersey can apply to be a member of the Medical Reserve Corps. Residents of New Jersey that have an interest in health care issues and are willing to serve their fellow citizens in the event of a public health emergency are also encouraged to apply to the NJMRC program.

Do I have liability protection?

New Jersey law provides that volunteers acting in good faith carrying out, complying with or attempting to comply with, any order, rule or regulation promulgated pursuant to a declared emergency, or performing any authorized service in connection therewith, shall not be liable for any injury or death to persons or damage to property as a result of any such activity.

How do I join?

New Jersey Medical Reserve Corps (Emergency Health Care Provider Registry, pursuant to P.L. 2005, c. 222) has been created as a tool to support the registration process. To begin the application process, go to http://www.njmrc.nj.gov/hcpr/ and click on the "Online Application button". Next, go to the county area of residence and choose a volunteer status of either "Health Care Professional Volunteer Application" or "Community Health Volunteer Application". The health care professional application form being for the certified health care professionals, and the latter being for the interested community volunteers.

If you do not have access to a computer and/or wish to have the application mailed or filled out manually by phone, please call 973-225-3809 or email e-mail.