AmeriCorps
ARCH serves as the operating site for the Community HealthCorps of Northern California; Community HealthCorps is an AmeriCorps Program operated by the National Association of Community Health Centers in collaboration with the federally administered Corporation for National and Community Service.

Since 2001, ARCH has participated in an AmeriCorps program called the Community HealthCorps, in partnership with the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNS) and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). Each year, ARCH  recruits 11 Community HealthCorps Members and places them in ARCH partner health clinics and other community partner organizations. Members serve full time for ten months, and receive a monthly stipend and health benefits. They expand health centers'  capacity for case management, health education, outreach, and other needed direct services. 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.

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?

The Alliance for Rural Community Health (ARCH) hosts an AmeriCorps program called the Community HealthCorps of Northern California. 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 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.

Community HealthCorps is a product of a strong partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service, the National Association of Community Health Center, ARCH, and community health centers throughout Northern California.

A Day in the Life of a HealthCorps Member

Watch as Sarah Weller and Campbell Grant spend the day promoting community health in Potter Valley.


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. Do you want to know what it's like to live in a rural community? 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. We are particularly interested in bicultural applicants with Spanish-language proficiency.

The quaint village of Mendocino

Who is Eligible?

Anyone who is:

  • A US citizen, US national, or a lawful permanent resident alien of the US (students in the US on a visa are not eligible)
  • At least 17 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or a GED

What are the Stipend and Benefits of the Position?

Full-time placement:
In exchange for a minimum of 1,700 hours of service, at an average of forty hours a week, a living allowance of $12,100 is paid in bi-monthly installments. Upon successful completion of service, HealthCorps Members receive an education award totaling $5,550. 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 several openings for HealthCorps Members each year. Our program begins in early September and runs through early July. Members serve in health centers throughout Mendocino and Lake Counties. Current positions are available at our health centers in the following locations: Ukiah, Boonville, Mendocino, Ft. Bragg, Laytonville and Pt. Arena.

Check here for descriptions of available positions.

When and How Can I Apply?

We are now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 program year. If you are interested in applying to be a Community HealthCorps Member, please click here to review the application process.

Please also review the Frequently Asked Questions and Position Descriptions before submitting your application. If you have additional questions, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , the 2013-2016 Program Coordinator.  Note that Ms. Leonard's email address is protected from spambots.  You need to have JavaScript enabled in order to view it.

Our Community HealthCorps members Can Get the Best of Both Worlds

 

Members will: Learn and perform activities that enhance services provided by community health agency staff, assist community health agency patients and community residents who do not have access to a medical home through education and enrollment in health insurance, 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; and

1) The ability to help make a difference in health-care delivery and service.

2) The chance to experience what it is really like to live and breathe in a rural community and live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. 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.

Are You Ready for the Beauty?

What are the Day-to-Day Activities of the Members?

Because each health center has its own unique characteristics and offers a variety of specialized services, Community HealthCorps Members' daily activities differ greatly from one another. The following are some of the direct service activities that Members may be involved with during their term of service:

  • Working with the family resource centers, a multitude of community organizations and the health clinics to education on the Affordable Care Act.
  • Outreach to special populations (migrant workers, homeless, youth, etc.)
  • Signing up adults and families in appropriate health insurance programs, including those eligible for Partnership Healthcare - the medicaid affiliate in this region of California.
  • Assisting seniors in appropriate utilization of Medicare Part D, and in securing access to expensive pharmaceuticals.
  • Developing and leading exercise and healthy eating programs with school children struggling with obesity.
  • Developing healthy shopping, cooking and eating programs for patients struggling with a variety of health issues.
  • Working closely with patients, individually and in groups, on self-management of their chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension and coronary disease.
  • If Members have a particular professional interest in a certain aspect of the health care field, we will make an effort, when possible, to provide mentorship and experience in a project of the Member's choosing.

Here are some success stories from Past Community HealthCorps Members:

Jessica O., Mendocino Community Health Clinic, Willits, CA

I organized a lunch and learn program for staff at the Little Lake Clinic to education them on community supported agriculture (CSA's) and the local farmer's market. I invited the manager of the farmers market as well as farmers who sell CSA subscriptions in the community. Almost the entire staff came to the workshop and were so engaged that they didn't want it to end. Staff learned this information for our patients and and themselves. It was a great success!

Sarah W., Mendocino Community Health Clinic, Ukiah, CA

I've probably told everyone I know this story because I think it is so ridiculously cute. I was teaching OHI (oral health instruction) at one of the kingergartens. At the end of the class, the teacher reminded the kids to say thank you. From somewhere out in the class, I heard one of the kids go, "I want to hug her!" Suddenly, I was surrounded by 20 kindergarteners in a bear hug! I left that school with such a positive feeling. Even if the kids aren't going home and brushing their teeth (which I REALLY hope they are), at least for the 30 mins. in that I'm there in class, they're having fun, they're engaged and as I said, I really hope they're taking home the message, too.

What Can I Do if I Still Have Questions?

  • Please contact Program Coordinator, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.