Rural Health Service Corps
The Rural Health Service Corps (RHSC) is an AmeriCorps National Service Program administered by the Rural Health Network of South Central New York. The purpose of the Rural Health Service Corps is to provide meaningful service and learning opportunities for people committed to improving the health and lives of those living in South Central New York State. Rural Health Service Corps members address the broad community health needs of South Central NY, with a focus on health access and education, creating systemic food security, and supporting independent living for the elderly, homebound and people with disabilities.
Members serve at over 20 partnering host sites across the region. AmeriCorps members serving through the Rural Health Service Corps have the opportunity to serve their communities as they develop professional skills, build teamwork and leadership abilities, learn more about the areas of nonprofit management and community health, and connect with a broad network of AmeriCorps members, alumni and supporters. Rural Health Service Corps started in 2008 and expanded to include a VISTA program in 2012. Since the RHSC program’s inception, over 200 members have served with RHSC in communities throughout South Central NY. RHSC alumni have gone on to careers in medicine, public health and nonprofit management, among other fields.
The Rural Health Service Corps (including both Public Health AmeriCorps and VISTA)
service area includes the counties highlighted in green on this map:
Successful applicants (minimum age 18) will demonstrate the following proficiencies and values:
- An interest in, and commitment to, health and/or rural communities and people
- Evidence of current and/or past volunteer service activities
- Communication skills, including writing and verbal communication with clarity and accuracy
Self direction: Members must be self-directed and show evidence of their ability to work independently and efficiently
- Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, clear a National Service Criminal History Check, and have their high school diploma or GED