• Project 5PP and the MRC

    photo courtesy Renee Barsa, LAc and the MRC relief efforts

    Who are the Medical Reserve Corps?

    We are YOU!

    "The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises 989 community-based units and almost 200,000 volunteers located throughout the United States and its territories.

    MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. MRC units engage these volunteers to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities and build community resiliency. They prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, blizzards, and floods, as well as other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks. They frequently contribute to community health activities that promote healthy habits."

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    In spring 2009, national leaders of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and the American Red Cross signed a Joint Letter outlining the value of the relationship between the two volunteer response entities and detailing how they might work together.

    Project 5PP works with the MRC/Red Cross

    NEW!  A proposed acupuncture division in NC



    In western North Carolina, Project 5PP is instrumental in bringing this protocol to local MRC teams to be able to better serve our mountain population. 


    With tentative approval to move forwards, Project 5PP was contacted by the MRC to respond immediately to a local tragedy that affected 3 western NC counties in the spring of 2016.  In collaboration with Asheville's Mission Memorial Hospital, Project 5PP's Dr Lisa treated 18 paramedics in the first 2 clinics and has 2 more clinics scheduled.


    Stay tuned and keep us in your prayers as we meet with regional MRC directors in August to formalize this important effort for our greater community!


    MRC responds with the Five Point Protocol in Colorado and California mass disasters

    How 5PP started in the MRC

    In 2012, Colorado acupuncturists responded to victims of Colorado wildfires and provided hundreds of 5PP treatments to help. Again, they selflessly responded to the Boulder floods the following year. Their efforts led to the eventual start of the first ever federally-approved acupuncture division in the Colorado MRC. The Five Point Protocol [aka NADA protocol] is the only non-pharmacologic method to rapidly treat large numbers suffering from emotional trauma. Victims and volunteers alike are at risk and in need of this vital service.


    Acupuncture divisions of the MRC are now starting all over, including Santa Barbara after the devastating wildfires left our own Renee Barsa realizing there was a need. Her pioneering efforts led to the creation of the division in California.