AmeriCorps and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have joined forces through Public Health AmeriCorps. Together, we are supporting the recruitment, training, and development of the next generation of public health leaders who will be ready to respond to the nation’s public health needs.
Public Health AmeriCorps has two main goals:
Address public health needs of local communities by providing support in state and local public health settings and advancing more equitable health outcomes for underserved communities.
Create pathways to good quality public health-related careers through onsite experience and training, with a focus on recruiting AmeriCorps members who reflect the communities in which they will serve.
Whether you’re looking for a way to spend a gap year or gain post-graduate experience, you can help address the public health needs of local communities across the nation. Build your public health resume and gain valuable benefits to kickstart your career.
- Education award (applicable to higher education or student loan forgiveness)
- Student loan deferment / forbearance
- Living allowance
- Hands-on experience
- Training from experts
Project Focus Areas
- Health equity and social determinants of health
- COVID-19 recovery, testing, and vaccination support
- Access to services and reducing barriers to care
- Behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorder)
- Health education and training
- Community outreach and engagement
- System navigation, referrals, and linkage to care
- Research, data collection, analysis, and assessments
To serve in Public Health AmeriCorps, you must:
- be 17 years or older (no upper age limit)
- be a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien
AmeriCorps’ Role in Public Health
AmeriCorps has a long history of members serving in public health roles:
AmeriCorps members have served as recovery coaches to help individuals overcome opioid addiction, provide drug abuse prevention and education, build the capacity of drug treatment and recovery organizations, support safe disposal of prescription drugs, improve opportunities for employment for those in recovery, provide substance abuse screening and assessments, and more. In 2020, the Office of National Drug Control Policy formally designated AmeriCorps as part of the National Drug Control Strategy and Budget, an important milestone and recognition of the value of our work.
AmeriCorps partners with health departments, nonprofits, and community-based organizations through which AmeriCorps members serve in roles related to healthcare access, health and housing, substance use, health promotion, community engagement, emergency management, and more.
AmeriCorps members serve in public health and clinical settings where they provide education, strengthen access, and expand capacity related to healthcare and social services.