Founded in 1993, AmeriCorps is a national service program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The program swore in its one millionth member in October 2016.
Zufall Health’s program is part of the AmeriCorps State and National Program. Our funding comes from the New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service, part of the New Jersey Department of State.
Zufall Health has a team of ten AmeriCorps members who serve at all of our sites doing outreach and health education. Every member has an individual service plan that outlines the projects and goals for his/her term of service. They each have a designated site supervisor who oversees their day-to-day service with support from the Program Coordinator and Assistant Program Coordinator. Members serve for an eleven month term and must complete at least 1,700 hours of service during that time. Members are paid a stipend and can receive health insurance if they are not otherwise covered. Payment for childcare is also available.
Zufall Health’s members have developed an intergenerational program called ZIP that brings together older adult volunteers and pre-school children for a series of health-related topics. They have also developed a curriculum for group visits for adult diabetic patients and pediatric asthmatic patients that combine health education, a brief provider visit and peer-to-peer support. Members also enroll individuals into Medicaid and Affordable Care Act plans as certified application counselors. Other projects include outreach to veterans for dental services, participation in health fairs and team service projects in the community.
Recruitment for AmeriCorps at Zufall Health begins in February and runs through March. If you are interested in applying, please visit www.myamericorps.gov. Create an account and link to Zufall Health’s service opportunity to apply.