Some Missouri counties have established volunteer groups to extend medical services available to area residents. They’re called the Medical Reserve Corps, a program encouraged by the United States Surgeon General. Boone County’s Project Director, Frank Barfield, says more counties should consider the concept. But he says most groups will have to be organized on a regional basis to get a large enough talent pool. He says people do not have to have medical training to be corps members. And he says they’re not just used for disasters. Barfield says Medical Reserve Corps members in his area have helped with flu clinics. A few went to the Gulf Coast states to help with hurricane relief.
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