Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit leaders and partners have spoken… MRC Connect is the name for the new web-and mobile-based application NACCHO is developing! With over 48 percent of the 529 votes cast during a two-week period, MRC unit leaders have established an identity for their new resource. MRC Connect will help enhance the partnerships among MRC unit leaders, volunteers, partners, and local health departments; simplify the sharing of best practices and critical knowledge; and strengthen the MRC and nationwide public health partnership.
NACCHO is working with Rallyware, a company that has created online systems to engage decentralized networks similar to the MRC, to develop this new resource. MRC Connect is on track to launch in July, and will help MRC unit leaders and volunteers manage logistics and tracking of events and trainings via their smartphones and a new online system. It will also connect users with other unit leaders, volunteers, and partners throughout the national MRC network. MRC Connect is an optional resource to help MRC unit leaders manage important activity details, share information about their units, and track previous events and achievements. Users will be able to enter into various communities, similar to LinkedIn groups, based on interests and location. Additionally, users will be able to communicate with others via open discussion or private message.
Naming the application is just one step of the many that NACCHO and Rallyware have taken to develop MRC Connect. Members of NACCHO’s MRC Application Steering Group, an advisory group of MRC unit leaders, state and regional coordinators, and NACCHO and DCVMRC leadership, have provided continued feedback on the new application’s look and functionality since its inception in October 2013. In preparation for the application’s launch, attendees of the 2014 Preparedness Summit will have the opportunity to demo the beta version of MRC Connect at the NACCHO MRC Booth in the Exhibit Hall April 2 and 3.