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AmeriCorps Health Fellows Program

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Overview of the Program

Background

AmeriCorps is the national service program that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service in the five priority areas of education, public safety, environment, homeland security, and other human needs. AmeriCorps service gives it members the opportunity to impact change in underserved communities, gain valuable life experience, and take steps toward their own future goals.

AmeriCorps Health Fellows are an asset to communities by bridging healthcare and national service. The power of AmeriCorps provides the tools and resources to impact the lives of many. AmeriCorps is a stepping stone to a brighter future not only for the individual who serves but to the communities they serve. 

Mission & Vision

LifeLong’s AmeriCorps program mission is to become pipeline for careers in community health centers that is improving access to primary and preventative care services for the medically underserved communities that we serve.

Program Benefits

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Living Allowance

AmeriCorps Health Fellows receive a living allowance stipend (taxable) during their term of service. The modest living stipend is meant to assist AmeriCorps Health Fellows with their living expenses during their term of service.The living allowance for full-time AmeriCorps programs in the 2020-21 program year is $13,000. LifeLong Medical Care matches a higher living allowance, totaling $18,000.

Health Insurance 

LifeLong Medical Care provides, or makes available, healthcare insurance to AmeriCorps Health Fellows if they are not otherwise covered by a healthcare policy at the time they begin the time term of service. LifeLong Medical Care allows AmeriCorps Health Fellows to stay on a parents’ or spouse’s plan; helps AmeriCorps Health Fellows obtain insurance through Covered California; or ensures that AmeriCorps Health Fellows receive Medi-Cal, Medicare, or military health benefits.

Loan Forbearance

AmeriCorps Health Fellows are eligible to postpone the repayment of their qualified student loans for the length of their service term through an action called loan forbearance. The loan holder makes the determination if a loan is eligible for forbearance, but generally, most federally-guaranteed student loans qualify.

While AmeriCorps Health Fellows’ loans are in forbearance during the term of service, interest continues to accrue. However, if AmeriCorps Health Fellow successfully complete their term of service, they are eligible to have the National Service Trust pay all or a portion of the interest that accrued on qualified student loans that were placed in forbearance during the service term.While AmeriCorps Health Fellows’ loans are in forbearance during the term of service, interest continues to accrue. However, if AmeriCorps Health Fellow successfully complete their term of service, they are eligible to have the National Service Trust pay all or a portion of the interest that accrued on qualified student loans that were placed in forbearance during the service term.

Child Care Benefits Program

AmeriCorps Health Fellows may be eligible to receive a child care benefit to pay all or part of their child care costs. These child care benefit payments are made directly to qualified child care providers for child care services provided to eligible children on behalf of eligible AmeriCorps Health Fellows who need child care services during the duration of the program.

Networking Opportunities

You will serve alongside other service-minded peers who seek to strengthen our communities. Further, you will join a network of nearly 1,000,000 AmeriCorps Alum, who can link you to resources and job opportunities following your AmeriCorps service.

Education Award

Following the successful completion of your AmeriCorps term of service, you will become eligible to receive a combined $10,000 AmeriCorps Education Award ($6,095 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award and $3,905 California For All Education Award). This can be applied to pay for educational expenses at an eligible institution, to repay qualified student loans, or to do both. The award can be used for up to seven years after the date that AmeriCorps Health Fellows complete their service term. The award is considered taxable income in the year that is utilized.

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Positions/Activities

The AmeriCorps Health Fellow will serve side-by-side with health center staff and have the opportunity to be of service to your community and also learn about health careers. AmeriCorps Health Fellow will provide culturally and linguistically appropriate health education, referrals, and enrollment into programs directly to community members and patients while getting the skills they need to pursue a health care profession.

AmeriCorps Health Fellow position will compose of:

  • Health Coaching – Provide health coaching in one-on-one or group settings.
  • Care Coordination – Provide health screening and connecting patients to health care benefits and services.
  • Case Management/Patient Navigation – Assist individuals with navigating health related services/programs; provide eligibility assistance and enrollment in health insurance, coverage, and other health benefits programs.
  • Community Engagement & Outreach – Conduct outreach in the community (i.e. schools, community centers, events, and shelters); provide education about available health resources and related programs, and health care options.
  • Volunteer Recruitment/Management – Assist with recruitment, training, and retention of non-AmeriCorps volunteers; assist with the management of non-AmeriCorps volunteers.
  • Service Projects – Participate in various service projects; coordinate and engage fellows in planning and participating in community service projects.
  • Training – Attend trainings on various health topics and resources as needed for placement, plus professional development training as available.

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Recruitment Information

The application for the 2020-2021 Program Year will begin in Early March 2020

The Service Start Date will be September 2020 (Start date is subject to change, but will notify all candidates in advance).

Date Status
March 2020 The application period for the 2020-21 program year begins
Early April 2020 – August 2020 Primary and secondary interviews for qualified applicants
April 2020 – August 2020 Applicants will be notified of their final application status during the interview process
Mid-September 2020 Service Start Date: The 2020-21 AmeriCorps program year begins
July 2021 Service End Date: The 2020-21 AmeriCorps program year ends

How To Apply

We are currently recruiting for our 2020-2021 program year and will be filling 20 positions.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Must serve a minimum of 1,700 service hours over an 11-month period.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age, or at least 17 years old with the signature of a legal guardian.
  • Applicants must have a high school diploma, GED or commitment to obtain during their service year.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident.
  • Must pass extensive background check.
  • Applicants must make a strong commitment to service, respect and interest in working in medically underserved communities, and demonstrate abilities to work with diverse populations.
  • The ideal candidate is someone who is passionate about health equity and social justice, and anyone who is considering public health, medicine, social work, and mental/behavioral health for their higher education/career goals.

LifeLong Medical Care seeks to promote a culture of diversity during the service experience for all Members. Persons of all abilities, races, sexual orientations, religious affiliations, cultural backgrounds and education levels are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

We look forward to learning about you through your application. Please read the following application instructions carefully. Complete and submit your materials (resume, personal statement, references) as soon as possible to ensure full and timely consideration of your application. To be considered for the AmeriCorps program, you must complete and submit the LifeLong External application.

Submit and Completed Our Application and Resume
Click here to access LifeLong Medical Care’s online AmeriCorps application. Complete all required fields in the Application, and upload your personal statement, resume, and references in the link above.

If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (510) 981-4173..

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