Program and Member Information

CHCANYS AmeriCorps

The mission of CHCANYS AmeriCorps is to increase health care access and enhance workforce development through community health center sponsored HealthCorps programs, with the goal of eliminating health disparities for the medically underserved though long-lasting sustainable projects. Learn how our members accomplish these goals below.

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CHCANYS AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a national service program funded by the Corporation for National Community Service.  The program provides 10 month long full-time “members” to service programs around the country, including hundreds of faith-based and community organizations, higher education institutions, and public agencies.  The purpose of these programs is to meet our country’s most critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment.

The National Association of Community Health Centers launched Community HealthCorps in 1995 to bring these national service resources to community health centers, primary care associations and clinic consortia that provide primary health care to residents of medically underserved areas.

The CHCANYS Healthy Futures Corps has taken over the role of NACHC and works under the Corporation for National service to oversee the internal CHCANYS program as well as four other AmeriCorps programs through the Ryan Chelsea-Clinton Healthy Futures Corps, Open Door Healthy Futures Corps, NYU Langone - Sunset Park Healthy Futures Corps, and Sun River Health Healthy Futures Corps. The mission of CHCANYS Healthy Futures Corps is to increase health care access and enhance workforce development through community health center sponsored HealthCorps programs. The goal of the Healthy Futures Corps is to increase access and eliminate health disparities for the medically underserved though long-lasting sustainable projects.

Healthy Futures Corps members and our Opioid Response Corps members meet these goals through outreach to individuals with no regular primary care provider to increase access to health care; they provide health education on the importance of primary and preventative health, and they generate volunteers to support and expand community health center service capacity.

About Our Programs

Healthy Futures Corps

CHCANYS Healthy Futures Corps (HFC) is a workforce development program dedicated to preparing its members for careers in community-based primary health care. Members perform 10 months of service at community health centers, where they work to improve and expand the delivery of existing services at their sites. HFC members perform direct service with patients thereby filling service gaps, increasing access to and improving utilization of health center’s services.

The mission of CHCANYS Healthy Futures Corps is to assure the provision of culturally appropriate preventive and primary health care to medically underserved populations and communities. Health centers diagnose and treat budding health problems early, prevent unnecessary utilization of hospital emergency rooms and inpatient beds, and help cut health care costs. 

CHCANYS Healthy Futures Corps team consists of about 15 members working full time in federally qualified health centers across New York City and New York State. Each member works on a specific service project that reflect the needs of their health center, the objectives of CHCANYS Healthy Futures Corps and the member’s interests.

Opioid Response Corps

CHCANYS Opioid Response Corps is a workforce development program dedicated to assisting community health centers in addressing the Opioid Epidemic. To prepare members for their service, they will receive a 12-hour SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) and Naloxone Train-the-trainer certifications. Members perform 10 months of service at community health centers, where they work to improve and expand the delivery of Opioid response services at their sites.

Our program prepares its members for careers in community-based primary health care. Members perform direct service with patients thereby filling service gaps, increasing access to and improving utilization of health center’s services. The mission of CHCANYS Opioid Response Corps is to assure the provision of culturally appropriate preventive and primary health care to medically under-served populations and communities with a focus on connecting patients to opioid health education and treatment. Health centers diagnose and treat budding health problems early, prevent unnecessary utilization of hospital emergency rooms and inpatient beds, and help cut health care costs. 

CHCANYS Opioid Response Corps team consists of about 20 members working full time in federally qualified health centers across New York City and New York State. Each member works on a specific service project that reflect the needs of their health center and the objectives of CHCANYS Opioid Response Corps is combating the Opioid Epidemic in NYS. 

Become a Member

CHCANYS AmeriCorps members, many of whom come from the communities served by the participating health centers, greatly benefit from the program.  By providing outreach and support services for low-income families served by community, migrant, and homeless health centers, members are exposed to a range of health career roles dedicated to improving the health status of hard-to-reach populations. Click here for all member benefits.

Our next cohort of CHCANYS AmeriCorps will begin service in November of 2020 for the Opioid Response Corps and the Healthy Futures Corps.  They will complete service in August of 2021. Recruitment is ongoing and is currently taking place for the 2020-2021 program year. CHCANYS AmeriCorps is currently recruiting members who will work on one of many service projects throughout New York City and New York State. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, service may be remote until the situation in New York City and New York State becomes safer and more stable (particularly for out of state applicants).

This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), political affiliation, or religion.

To apply online, click on the corresponding program applications below:

Program Qualifications

To qualify for this program, applicants must: 

  • Be at least 17 years old 
  • Have a high school education or be working on their GED at the time of service 
  • Be able to make eleven months commitment to serve a 1700-hour term (While in service, members work full time, on average 40 hours per week. Members have approximately two weeks vacation, plus personal days.) 
  • Have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to community service and/or public health 
  • Be a United States citizen, United States national or lawful permanent resident 
  • Have a strong commitment to service 
  • Have respect and interest in working in medically underserved communities
  • Have excellent people skills 
  • Have ability to work with diverse populations 
  • Have ability to learn quickly 
  • Have ability to multi-task and meet deadlines 
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills 
  • Have creativity and initiative 
  • Individual program sites may have additional qualifications  

This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), political affiliation, or religion.

Training Program

Training and professional development for the CHCANYS AmeriCorps team supplements the direct service experience and is designed to develop the key competencies of a health care provider. Through the training program members expand their awareness of professional opportunities in the health care field, gain a basic understanding of the pressing issues in public health, especially those concerning community health centers, and become effective educators and public speakers. Members also receive on-site training at their specific health center host site.

  • Job Skills: Members are provided with the practical tools and skills necessary to perform their service activities and build their readiness for careers in community health. Members also receive professional training that focuses on imparting skills that are applicable in any workplace environment.
  • Job Readiness and Placement: Members receive extensive career coaching throughout their year of service to support successful job searching and career decision-making. Members receive job placement services following their year of service to support their search for full-time employment in community health centers or other community-based health providers.

  • Educational Opportunities in New York City: Members are encouraged to take advantage of the educational opportunities in New York City. They regularly attend lectures at public health schools at universities, trainings at institutes and workshops at philanthropic organizations. In the past members received training on ‘Cross Cultural Communication in Asthma Education’ and attended a talk by Dr. Thomas Frieden, Commissioner for the New York City Department of Health. 

The extensive training program, together with the job skills training  and on-site experience during their year of service will give members the professional development and direction to start a career in community health and become the health care leaders of tomorrow.

Become a CHCANYS AmeriCorps Site

CHCANYS AmeriCorps program is accepting proposals from interested Community Health Centers who would like to host an AmeriCorps member at their site. Members perform a year of service at community health centers, where they work to develop, implement, improve and expand the delivery of existing opioid related services at their sites. Opioid Response Corps is a workforce development program dedicated to preparing its members for careers in community-based primary health care. Opioid Response Corps members perform direct service with patients thereby filling service gaps, increasing access, and improving utilization of the health center’s services.

Below is a brief overview of our AmeriCorps program, the activities members can perform, and those they are prohibited from performing. Host Sites contribute a matching fee per AmeriCorps member they are hosting. Please contact Orlando Reboredo for details.