Founded in 1995 by the National Association of Community Health Centers, Community HealthCorps is the largest health-focused, national AmeriCorps program that promotes health care for America’s underserved, while developing tomorrow’s health care workforce. The mission is to improve health care access and enhance workforce development through national service programs.
Overarching goals to address the needs of medically underserved and other vulnerable populations served by community health centers are as follows:
- Increase access to and utilization of primary and preventive health care.
- Improve the capacity of health centers to provide quality and preventive primary health care services.
- Foster collaborative partnerships that ensure continuity and sustainability of programs and services.
- Encourage Community HealthCorps Members to pursue further education and careers in community health through mentorship and experiential learning.
- Create a culture of civic engagement and volunteerism to strengthen preventive and primary health care.
Community HealthCorps program sponsors are primarily community health centers (CHCs) and primary care associations (PCAs) that host one or more teams of HealthCorps Members. Most Members enroll for a full year of service, and many serve for two terms of service. Over 500 Community HealthCorps Members currently serve through 40 main health center sites (which include over 200 individual member placement sites) and three affiliate organizations in 17 states and the District of Columbia.
Members Reflect and Work in Underserved Communities
Members serve rural and racially/culturally diverse urban communities and suburban, as well as migrant farm worker, homeless and public housing populations. Members are as racially, ethnically and economically diverse as the communities they serve. Educational attainment varies from high school and some college to graduate degrees. In addition, some Members are active or retired health and social service professionals. No matter their background, Members become part of a community’s struggle for better health and economic independence.
Members are Highly Trained
Members acquire new skills and knowledge that enhance their effectiveness and value to
patients and other individuals through pre-service orientation, in-service and advanced
trainings conducted by health center staff, national program staff, and others with subject
An Effective Model for Health Care Delivery and Capacity Building
Referred to by many names, employed and volunteer community health
workers (CHWs) have various long-standing roles in the United States and
worldwide, but all strive to positively impact the health and well-being of
communities they serve. Research indicates that community health
workers are particularly effective at:
- Increasing access to health services;
- Increasing knowledge about a variety of health issues;
- Facilitating behavior change; and
- Providing social support and culturally competent, cost-effective care for medically underserved
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