AmeriCorps HealthCorps

Become an AmeriCorps Community HealthCorps Member!

Community HealthCorps is a national AmeriCorps program that promotes health care for the underserved while training future healthcare workers. At the Institute for Family Health, Community HealthCorps members engage in a variety of projects that promote access to health care and health information in medically underserved communities. For a glimpse into what it’s like to be a HealthCorps member at the Institute visit the IFH Community HealthCorps Blog. On the blog you’ll find member profiles, details about our events and service projects, and photos of our members in action! If you’re interested in applying to our program, please keep in mind the recruitment process begins in the spring. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The HealthCorps program runs on an academic year schedule from September-August.

Sample Positions

At IFH, the HealthCorps program offers many exciting positions to gain experience in the health field. Our positions vary each year, but in previous years positions have included:

  • Conducting one-on-one and group health education sessions on preventive health topics such as diabetes and prenatal care with patients at our health centers
  • Assisting with care management at our health centers that serve the homeless
  • Working in health outreach for the Bronx Health REACH program
  • Working in our School Based Health Center to provide health services and reproductive health education to high school students
  • Serving as an educator and support person for women accessing reproductive health services
  • Coordinating a mentor program to encourage underserved youth to pursue health professions
  • Serving as a breastfeeding counselor to new mothers in our Kingston pediatric site in Ulster County

Click here to check out our yearly newsletter for more information on the positions we offer.


As a HealthCorps member you are expected to serve full time for an eleven month term of service, from September through early August. As a member you are eligible to receive the following benefits:

  • A living stipend of approximately $12,100 to be distributed biweekly over the term of service.
  • An education award upon completion of service of $5,645
  • Health insurance coverage through AmeriCorps
  • Child care benefits, if eligible
  • Student loan deferment, for qualified student loans
  • Extensive opportunities for professional development
  • Travel Stipend

Minimum Requirements

Our program is very competitive and we receive many applications each year. The following are the minimum requirements for consideration:

  • You must be a United States citizen, United States national, or lawful permanent resident
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED or offer a commitment to obtain one during the service year
  • You must be at least 17 years of age
  • You must have a strong commitment to service
  • You must have a respect for and interest in working in medically underserved communities

Ready to apply?

We are now accepting applications for our 2014-2015 program year that will start in September 2014.

We are currently accepting applications for our Homeless Sites Case Manager position and our Diabetes Educator in the Bronx. Spanish proficiency is required for both positions. All candidates must apply through the AmeriCorps website. On the AmeriCorps website, search for positions with the Institute for Family Health. Applicants must then fill out a supplemental application, and return it to Chris Goodwin at the contact below.

For more information, contact Chris Goodwin at cgoodwin [at] or 212.633.0800 ext. 1364