New Castle, DE – New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer announces the launch of National Health Corps Community Health Fellowship Program and invites nonprofits and New Castle County residents to learn about the program and apply to become involved. National Health Corps’ mission is to increase access to health care to underserved communities, promote health, and develop public health leaders amongst underrepresented populations in the healthcare field.
The CHW Apprenticeship Program is an expanded iteration of National Health Corps Delaware, which was founded in Delaware in 2021 with New Castle County COVID Cares Act funds and national direct AmeriCorps funds through the Health Federation of Philadelphia.
This year, with ARPA funding and as a charter program of President Biden’s Public Health AmeriCorps, the CHW Apprenticeship will offer full-time service apprenticeships at nonprofit health organizations, as well as be enrolled into Delaware Technical and Community College’s Community Health Worker Program. Some CorpsMembers Host Organizations will also require training as Digital Navigators and/or Medical Interpreters, whose training will be provided by the Health Federation of Philadelphia.
Members will also benefit from supplemental training in Community Health Work, which will be provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Delaware Department of Public Health, and they will also become members of Delaware’s Community Health Worker Association.
The Public Health Corps welcomes people with all different interests and future goals. The most important quality in an PHC member is a readiness to bring the best they have to offer - their creativity, energy, enthusiasm, and readiness to learn - to serving their communities.
PHC members also need to meet certain AmeriCorps eligibility criteria. These include:
- Members must be at least 18 years of age by the start of service
- Members must be U.S. Citizens, U.S. nationals, or lawful permanent residents
- Members must have achieved a high school diploma or GED by the start of service
- Members must be current residents of New Castle County, Delaware
- Members must not have previously served four AmeriCorps State or National terms
CorpsMembers will commit to a 35-hour per week position and earn a service stipend of $15 per hour and health insurance throughout their Service Term, which is a 10-month, 1,700-hour, full-time commitment.
Qualifying Members may receive childcare and transportation assistance, and all Members will also earn a Federal Education Award at the completion of their Service Term, which can be widely applied to education and training opportunities.
Public Health Corps Delaware also welcomes inquiries and Host Site Applications from 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations who would like to partner by hosting a CorpsMember in a full-time, unique, direct service community health position, where they will apply their training, while contributing to critical unmet needs with your target population, and within your mission.
Like the 2021 pilot program, the NHC CHW Apprenticeship Program places its CorpsMembers in local, public health nonprofits to fulfill unique positions. Previous roles have included those such as COVID-19 Responder, Care Coordinator, Case Manager, Health Educator, Outreach Coordinator, and Patient Navigator.
Pilot Program Host Site Organizations Included:
- Christiana Care Healthcare System
- Food Bank of Delaware
- Lutheran Community Services
- Westside Family Healthcare
To Apply as an AmeriCorps candidate for the full-time positions with local nonprofits, please click here:
Learn More about National Health Corps
Learn about the NHC-DE Community Health Fellowship
Apply to the NHC-DE Community Health Fellowship
To apply as a Host Site Organization, please use these links to provide required information and contact Program Director Tonya Richardson at: [email protected]
NHC-DE Host Site Application Link
NHC-DE Host Site Position Description Template Link.