MPCA AmeriCorps Program (HealthCorps)

AmeriCorps is a national service program designed to strengthen citizenship and the ethic of service by engaging thousands of Americans to help communities to address their toughest challenges.

The MPCA AmeriCorps program (HealthCorps) will focus on connecting low income and medically underserved populations to primary health care through patient engagement activities. The goal of the program is to increase access to primary health care services through preventive care and chronic disease management, assisting Medicaid members in maximizing their health plan benefits, and addressing social determinants of health by eliminating barriers to care. The HealthCorps program will also focus on patient reengagement for gaps in care and preventive services that were postponed or disrupted by COVID-19.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) administers AmeriCorps at the federal level and works in partnership with states to develop service programs and create a community-based national service network. The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) is the administrative agent for Michigan’s AmeriCorps.

HealthCorps Service Activities

AmeriCorps members will spend their service hours reaching out to individuals in the community that are not receiving primary and preventive services and connect them to care through community health centers. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Reaching out to connect patients with primary care, including annual primary care visits, chronic disease management visits, or preventive services like immunizations and cancer screenings
  • Facilitating access to care by aiding with appointment scheduling, transportation assistance and arranging interpretation
  • Connecting patients with supportive community services to address social needs and barriers to care
  • Reengaging patients who experienced delayed or disrupted care because of COVID-19 and promoting awareness of COVID-19 precautions and alternative access to care options, such as telehealth and curbside services
  • Assist patients with Navigation services to ensure patients don’t lose their healthcare coverage after the unwinding of the PHE (Public Health Emergency)

 Qualifications to Serve as a Healthcorps Member

  • United States citizens, national or lawful permanent residents
  • At least 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Covid-19 Vaccine series complete
  • Strong commitment to service
  • Desire to serve medically underserved populations

What are the Benefits of Serving as a HealthCorps Member?

  • Living allowance
  • Educational award (upon successful completion)
  • Health insurance
  • Student loan forbearance on qualified student loans
  • Extensive training and professional development and Certification
  • Child Care Assistance

Locations that we are Actively Recruiting:

  • The cities include Ann Arbor, Center Line, Centerville, Detroit (3 locations), Pontiac, Houghton Lake, Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Flint, Saginaw, St. Joseph County, Marquette, Kalamazoo and East Jordan.

What is the Commitment for Service?

  • All MPCA AmeriCorps HealthCorps members must complete their minimum service hours within their designated service period
  • Minimum hours are 1200 hours for a ¾ time and up to 1700 hours for full-time service opportunity
  • Service periods are for one year

How to Apply

Program Contact: Have questions or need more information? Reach out to us!

MPCA AmeriCorps Program Director:
Karen Goucher, AmeriCorps Program Manager
Office: 517.827.0878