Dear U of MN Medical Reserve Corps Members,

We continue to be amazed by your willingness to offer your time and skills in support of the response to COVID-19.  You are showing up during the public health emergency of a lifetime and by doing so, you are directly impacting thousands of lives and indirectly impacting many thousands more.  

COVID-19 testing and vaccination remain a priority on our campus and across the state. Subsequently, our MRC unit continues to receive requests for assistance from our campus partners (Boynton), Local Public Health, and others.

Please take a few minutes to learn about ongoing and new opportunities to be of service to our University community and communities across the metro area.

Warmly and with gratitude,

Kathy and the MRC Team 

Kathy Berlin RN, PHN
U of MN Medical Reserve Corps Director
Health Emergency Response Office
Campus COVID Testing Support

Boynton Health has requested support from the MRC to assist with COVID-19 testing on campus as part of their MTest effort. MRC members may volunteer on the Minneapolis or St. Paul Campus.


  • Monday through Friday on the Minneapolis Campus
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays on the St. Paul Campus



  • Minneapolis Campus: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 to 4:30 daily. Friday's, 8:00am to 3:00pm
  • St. Paul Campus: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00am to 3:00pm 

Roles Needed

1. Nasal Swabber: Minneapolis Campus Only

  • The Swabber inserts a nasopharyngeal swab into both nostrils to gather a sample. 
  • Must be currently licensed as a RN, PA, CNP, LPN, MD, Dentists, EMT, Certified Phlebotomy Technician, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, or Pharmacy Intern.
  • NOTE: If this is your first experience as a Nasal Swabber, please email  Boynton will train you in before you are asked to start swabbing.
  • Personal Protective Equipment will be provided by Boynton
  • Wear your Medical Reserve Corps t-shirt, if you have one.
  • Parking: Will be validated for those who park in campus parking ramps.
    • NOTE: When volunteering at the St. Paul Campus testing side, park in the Gortner Ramp, take a photo of your parking ticket and text the ticket to 320-309-8350 for validation.
2. Antigen Test Kit Dispenser (NEW ROLE): Minneapolis and St. Paul Campuses
  • The Antigen Test Kit Dispenser will hand out Antigen COVID test kits.
    • One test kit per person (student, staff, or faculty)
    • Individual must show UCard to receive a test kit
3. Greeter: St. Paul Campus 
  • One day only (for now): Wednesday, February 2 
  • Greet clients as they arrive at testing site

Eligible MRC members may go to Shiftboard to sign up for shifts related to this deployment.

Carver County COVID-19 Saliva Testing Support


Local public health agencies continue to be severely stretched to meet the demands for testing and vaccination services across the state and metro area. Carver County MRC is requesting assistance with their semi-permanent saliva testing operations in Waconia. 

Location: Waconia Events Center, 8155 Paradise Lane, Waconia, MN 55387
Dates and Times: M, W, F 11:30am-4:30 pm in February. Partial Shifts are available.
Roles: Testing Monitor, Greeter, Usher
Parking: Large surface lot available onsite. Transit options to the site are limited. 
Clothing and PPE: We recommend wearing light and comfortable clothing to the site as you will be required to wear full PPE including a gown, gloves, eye protection, and N95 mask. If you have not been fit tested for an N95, you can be fit tested onsite. 
Other details: When you arrive for your shift, ask to be directed to the Site Lead. You can find out that person’s name on the Sign Up Genius. You’ll receive just in time training on site before your shift.


Sign up here on Sign Up Genius. 

Temporary Position Available

 Care Coordinator, Afghan Medical & Social Support Teams

Our MRC Behavioral Health Response Strike Team has been deployed for the past several months to provide mental health support to newly arriving Afghan Evacuees.

We will be hiring a full time Care Coordinator to assist with the coordination of referrals for follow up care from the medical and social support (Behavioral/Mental Health) intake assessments conducted with resettling Afghan evacuees.  
  • This 6 month appointment needs to be filled as soon as possible.
  • Click here to access the job posting (job ID is 345893).
  • Contact Kathy Berlin with any questions.
This MRC deployment has been kept under the radar in order to ensure safety of the Afghan evacuees and to avoid media coverage.            

Please Update Personal MRC Registry Information
 It is important that we have an up to date roster of MRC Members. Please take the following actions if applicable:
  • If you have recently changed departments, obtained a new credential or license, or have new contact information, please update this information in the MRC Registry.     
  • If you have left the University of Minnesota or you no longer wish to remain a member of the U of MN MRC, please indicate that by unsubscribing to this newsletter. Scroll to the very end of this newsletter to find "unsubscribe from this list"                                         

Health Emergency Response Office

Jill DeBoer, MPH
(612) 625-3958

Kathy Berlin, RN, PHN
Deputy Director
MRC Coordinator
(612) 202-0715

Carlos R. Cruz
Senior Project Manager
(612) 626-7694

Maya Peters, MPH
Program Manager
(612) 624-2667

Catherine Harrison, RN, MPH
Public Health Clinical Response Planner

Amy Scheller, MPA
Healthcare Professional 2

Kris Kaus, MPH, MT, CEM, CHPCP
Emergency Management & Business Continuity Consultant

Laurel O'Neil
Office Manager
(612) 624-9272

Syndey Redepenning
Research Assistant

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