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The volunteer registry is initially targeting State of Oregon licensed and certified health care professionals, to include physicians, nurses, pharmacists, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), behavioral health providers, and others. Individual MRCs may make the determination to recruit non-licensed health care personnel and non-health care members.
Health care volunteers must register in at least one organization, whether a county or regional MRC unit or the State Managed Volunteer Pool. Health care volunteers are encouraged, though not required, to volunteer for both an MRC and the State Pool.
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
units are locally managed counties or regions in the state. Join your
local MRC for local volunteer opportunities. If you don’t see an MRC
that is local to you, you are invited to join the nearest unit to where
you live or work.
State Managed Volunteer Pool (SMVP) is the
pool of volunteers deployed by Oregon Health Authority. We may request
your support statewide, but usually try to notify you of volunteer
opportunities closer to where you live.
For questions about the SMVP, email
Questions about your local unit? Reach out to the local MRC Coordinator in your jurisdiction.
Registering on the SERV-OR site is straightforward and not likely to take more than 30 minutes to complete. You can complete a very preliminary registration in under five minutes by providing just your contact information and basic professional information.
You are asked to update personal information (e.g. address, phone number and e-mail), as they occur. You will also be asked to review your data on a periodic basis, probably at six (6) month intervals. You will be notified by your volunteer unit manager when this policy has been determined.
No. There are no salaries, wages, or financial compensation associated with volunteering either in emergencies or non-emergency events.
See the following Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) and Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) for information on SERV-OR, including liability and injury protection:
Yes. The status of professional license is verified (active, unrestricted, and in good standing) along with certain other data (e.g., Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and criminal background check). This information is kept in the SERV-OR secure database.
We verify directly with the appropriate state licensing boards. We receive the data shown when we search for your information in these official licensing board databases:
Other important certifications may be checked with such organizations as:
"In good standing" means that:
Yes, with some license and training requirements:
Please note: These requirements have been temporarily relaxed for the COVID-19 emergency. Visit the COVID-19 SERV-OR Vaccinator Workforce FAQ for more information on training requirements for the previously licensed/certified vaccinator workforce.
Our database is secure and only professional administrators and your volunteer unit manager have access to your information. Each volunteer unit manager agrees to an information security agreement as a condition of obtaining an account which requires adherence to state data base security requirements and the Department of Human Services Information Security Office.
Through e-mail, text message and/or voice phone message.
When volunteering for an emergency, you become part of the overall response and are working within the Incident Command System (ICS) (i.e. you are usually assigned a specific role/task at a designated location that is being managed by existing organizational authorities). You may need to check your expectations at the door since you will usually not be assigned a leadership role as a volunteer. In summary:
Emergency response is not for everyone. In spite of safety precautions, risks can include: physical danger and injury; exposure to potentially dangerous pathogens or chemicals; emotional trauma; and physical exhaustion. You need to consider personal, professional and family needs or concerns as you make an informed decision. Some considerations might include personal health, childcare and family concerns.
The MRC units of Coos County, Deschutes County, Marion County, Nehalem Bay and Wasco County do not require a state-issued healthcare license or certification. They welcome non-licensed volunteers in important support roles.
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