National Health Corp awarded continuation funding to support 90 AmeriCorps positions

Members of National Health Corps Chicago

August 15, 2017 – The Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP) is proud to announce it has received $1,136,700 in continuation funding by the National and Community Service (CNCS). This funding will support 90 AmeriCorps positions within the National Health Corps (NHC) program.

NHC members dedicate a year of their lives serving vulnerable populations in public health and health care settings. Members connect individuals and families with information about benefits, social and health care services and provide health and wellness education. Between 2016 and 2017, NHC members provided public health services to more than 121,000 individuals in underserved communities in Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Chicago and Florida.

“National Health Corps envisions a nation where all people have access to the services and information needed to lead healthy, productive and fulfilling lives,” said Tisha Nickenig, director of NHC. “Everyone deserves the right to good health, and this funding will help us to continue and expand our work.”

This year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive, with a continuing level of strong demand by nonfaith and faith-based organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources. The 2017 competition prioritized investments in economic opportunity, education, governor and mayor initiatives, veterans and military families, disaster services and initiatives to build safer communities.

NHC members will begin their 1700 hour service terms in late August/September. Members receive a modest living stipend, health insurance and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of their service to help pay for education costs of to pay back student loans.

“National Health Corps is a great service program for anyone interested in working in public health and working with underserved communities,” said a member who served in Florida. “The program has networking and training opportunities for members to take advantage of and is a good opportunity for students to experience before pursuing school or their future careers in any health-related field.”

For more information and to apply visit www.nationalhealthcorps.org.

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About AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads volunteer initiatives for the nation. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.