Since 2001, the Alliance for Rural Community Health (ARCH) has proudly participated in an AmeriCorps program called the Community HealthCorps. Each year, ARCH recruits Community HealthCorps Members and places them in ARCH partner health clinics and other community partner organizations. Members serve full time for 10-1/2 months, receive a monthly stipend and health benefits. Members are trained on a variety of health care topics, and gain first-hand exposure to career opportunities and work experience in the community health field. They expand health centers' capacity for case management, health education, outreach, and other needed direct services.
Upon completion of their terms of service, members receive an educational award for future educational expenses or repayment of qualified student loans. The majority of our AmeriCorps members matriculate to a health professions school, and others are hired on by their placement site or another community health program.
What is the Community HealthCorps of Northern California?
ARCH serves as the host for the Community HealthCorps of Northern California; Community HealthCorps is an AmeriCorps Program operated by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) in collaboration with the federally administered Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
As a member of the Community HealthCorps team, you will participate in community service and gain skills in community health education and outreach. Through projects like job shadowing, training, and monthly team days, HealthCorps opens doors for personal and professional development while learning an ethic of community service. Our goal is to provide you with opportunities to engage with a rural community, and foster your individual interests and professional goals.
Join Our Team - What are We Looking For?
We are looking for individuals who are seeking a challenge and want to live in beautiful Northern California. Are you interested in learning about the health center setting inside/out? Are you interested in working as a case manager, heath educator, patient navigator? Our goal is to provide you with opportunities to grow and learn from the people and community around you. Do you want to know what it's like to live in a rural community? We are particularly interested in bicultural applicants with Spanish-language proficiency, but do not let your lack of Spanish prevent you from applying.
2014-15 (left) & 2015-16 (right) ARCH HealthCorps Teams
Who is Eligible?
ARCH prefers its members to have college educations. Please review the AmeriCorps website for basic eligibility.
What are the Stipend and Benefits of the Position?
In exchange for a minimum of 1,700 hours of service, at an average of forty hours a week, the living allowance for 2015/16 is $12,530, paid in bi-monthly installments. Upon successful completion of service, HealthCorps Members receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Members will also receive health insurance benefits, comprehensive child care benefits, student loan deferment, health-specific training, and unique opportunities for personal and professional development.
What Positions are Available?
We have openings for HealthCorps Members each year. Positions are available in: Ukiah, Boonville, Fort Bragg, Laytonville and Point Arena.
When and How Can I Apply?
Applications are accepted beginning mid-April. If you are interested in applying to be a Community HealthCorps Member, please click here for the application and review process.
Please also review the Frequently Asked Questions and Position Descriptions before submitting your application. If you have additional questions, please e-mail
, the Program Coordinator.
Our Community HealthCorps members Can Get the Best of Both Worlds
1) Learn and perform activities that improve the health-care delivery system and local health outcomes: enhance services provided by community health agency staff, assist patients and community residents to access their medical home through outreach and education, work with patients to ensure they keep appointments, and follow treatment plans to better use primary and preventive health services, provide health education to help patients understand how to live a healthy lifestyle, recruit, train, and manage long-term non-AmeriCorps volunteers;
2) Make a difference in health-care delivery and service; and
3) Experience living in a small rural community. Mendocino County is a beautiful rural area with magnificence and challenge. We enjoy vineyards, redwoods, the ocean and rocky coastline, and big skies. If you want to live and experience rural community living, choosing one of our sites will give you that.
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