Minnesota Public Health Corps arrives in Minnesota to fill gaps exacerbated by COVID-19

Minnesota Public Health Corps, a new AmeriCorps program to increase immediate capacity in public health and create a diverse pipeline of future public health employees, is coming to Minnesota. ServeMinnesota, the state’s hub for AmeriCorps service, in partnership with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, announces that the new program will launch in August, with recruiting beginning immediately.

According to ServeMinnesota, 150 AmeriCorps members will provide essential public health services through community engagement and community health needs assessments, prioritizing communities with the highest needs. Members will provide increased capacity for sustained COVID-19 response and recovery at more than 60 partner sites statewide. The program also partners with community organizations as part of a strategy to achieve health equity by recruiting a corps with shared life experience in the communities they serve.

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health will provide expert training and ongoing assessment and hands-on support to AmeriCorps members to help them launch their own careers in public health. “The School of Public Health is thrilled to work with ServeMinnesota on this important new initiative,” said Acting Dean Timothy Beebe. “Leveraging expertise from across our school and in collaboration with partners across the state, we can help Public Health Corps participants increase the capacity, effectiveness and diversity of the public health workforce across the Minnesota.”

“COVID has made gaps in public health more apparent, and we know there is a critical need for a more diverse workforce to meet the needs of our communities,” says Audrey Suker, CEO of ServeMinnesota . “The Public Health Corps aims to address both of these challenges. We are excited to help support the many public health agencies within local government and other organizations across the state.

To serve with Public Health Corps, you must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be willing to commit to one year of full-time service (40 hours per week). AmeriCorps members receive extensive training and receive a biweekly $1,100 stipend (or the equivalent of $15/hour) plus an additional $6,495 for student loans or tuition. Free individual health insurance and childcare assistance are also available.

Anyone interested in applying for public health membership or welcoming a member into their organization should visit www.ampact.us/public-health.

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About AmeriCorps Public Health
Public Health AmeriCorps, a partnership between AmeriCorps and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, supports the recruitment, training and development of a new generation of public health leaders. Backed by a five-year, $400 million investment from the American Rescue Plan Act, Public Health AmeriCorps will help meet the public health needs of local communities by providing surge capacity and support while building bridges to public health careers.

About ServeMinnesota
ServeMinnesota creates positive social change by deploying the human power of AmeriCorps to translate research into implementation on the ground. Each year, thousands of people engage in transformative service opportunities focused on improving the lives of Minnesotans through education, affordable housing, employment, the environment, restoring addiction and the response to the COVID-19 crisis. Two of its innovative strategic initiatives, Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps, demonstrate the speed of implementation in their work to close opportunity gaps and help struggling students become successful learners. By leveraging federal dollars, building strong community partnerships, and continually improving programs, ServeMinnesota ensures that National Service is able to make meaningful contributions to our state. For more information, visit www.serveminnesota.org.

About the University of Minnesota School of Public Health
The University of Minnesota School of Public Health improves the health and well-being of people and communities around the world by bringing innovative research, learning, and real action to today’s biggest health challenges. today. The University prepares some of the most influential leaders in the field and partners with health services, communities, and policy makers to advance health equity for all. Learn more at www.sph.umn.edu.

About AmericaCorps
AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteerism and national service, offers Americans the opportunity to serve their country at the national level, address the country’s most pressing challenges, improve lives and communities, and strengthen the civic engagement. Each year, the agency places more than 250,000 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Senior volunteers in intensive service roles; and enables millions more to serve as long-term, short-term or one-time volunteers. Learn more at AmeriCorps.gov.

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