CHCANYS Public Health AmeriCorps
The mission of CHCANYS Public Health AmeriCorps is to increase health care access and enhance workforce development through service in community health centers throughout New York State, with the goal of eliminating health disparities for the medically underserved though long-lasting sustainable projects. Learn how our members accomplish these goals below.
CHCANYS Public Health AmeriCorps is a workforce development program dedicated to preparing AmeriCorps members for careers in public health and community-based primary health care, while addressing the most pressing health care needs in communities throughout New York State.
AmeriCorps members serve in federally qualified Community Health Centers, performing direct service with patients and community residents thereby filling service gaps, increasing access to health care services, and improving utilization of services. Members provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services, tailored to meet the needs of the communities they serve.
CHCANYS Public Health AmeriCorps members perform a 10-11-month term of service focused on addressing the most pressing health care challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Members are essential members of their Community Health Center team and a critical part of New York State’s effort to keep New Yorkers safe and stop the spread of COVID-19.
During their term of service members will:
- Assist with COVID-19 rollout efforts
- Community outreach and education about the COVID-19 vaccine
- COVID-19 awareness and education
- Re-engaging patients lost to care
- Food distribution and increasing food security
- Linking patients and community residents to resources
- Emergency preparedness training and education
- Other services addressing Social Determinants of Health
Explore the links at the top of this page to learn more about our program.
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