AmeriCorps has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create Public Health AmeriCorps, a groundbreaking new initiative made possible by a $400 million investment of the CDC’s American Rescue Plan Act funds. COVID-19 demonstrated that we need a more robust public health workforce, and the workforce must reflect the communities being served. Through Public Health AmeriCorps, thousands of AmeriCorps members will be recruited to serve communities across the country and support their critical public health needs.
Public Health AmeriCorps has two overarching goals:
- Help meet the public health needs of local communities by providing needed capacity and support in state and local public health settings and advancing more equitable health outcomes for communities who are currently or historically underserved.
- Provide pathways to good quality public health-related careers through onsite experience, training, and more, with a focus on recruiting AmeriCorps members who reflect the communities in which they will serve.