Public Health AmeriCorps

Public Health AmeriCorps Partnership Initiative

AmeriCorps and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joined forces to launch Public Health AmeriCorps and support the recruitment, training, and development of the next generation of public health leaders who will be ready to respond to the nation’s public health needs.

The first-year grants will allow Public Health AmeriCorps programs to recruit nearly 3,000 AmeriCorps members.

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the urgent need to further enhance public health resources across the country. This effort starts with investing in a future workforce to help local communities respond to and recover from COVID-19.

Public Health AmeriCorps has two main goals:

  1. Address public health needs of local communities by providing support in state and local public health settings and advancing more equitable health outcomes for underserved communities.
  2. Create pathways to good quality public health-related careers through onsite experience and training, with a focus on recruiting AmeriCorps members who reflect the communities in which they will serve.

For over 25 years, AmeriCorps has provided pathways to meaningful careers in public service. This new initiative seeks to build upon the AmeriCorps’ legacy by expanding opportunities for underrepresented communities in government and public health, placing them as NYS AmeriCorps Public Health Fellows throughout the state. For more general information about Public Health AmeriCorps, click here.

Some of our 2023 host sites are: 

  • Rural Health Network of South Central New York
  • Broome County Council of Churches
  • Cayuga Community Health Network
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension, Broome County 
  • Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network
  • Seven Valleys Health Coalition
  • Southern Tier AIDS Program
  • Southern Tier Health Care Systems, Inc.
  • Steuben County Public Defender’s Office
  • United Way of Broome County 
  • And more!

The Rural Health Service Corps (including both Public Health AmeriCorps and VISTA)
service area includes the counties highlighted in green on this map:


Term Length Living Allowance Stipend Education Award Total Compensation
1200 hours $15,000 $4,826.50 $19,826.50
900 hours $11,000 $3,447.50 $14,447.50


Possible NYS AmeriCorps Public Health Fellow Activities

● Compile vaccine waiting list – contact pharmacies
● Call people on waiting list and assist with signup
● Educate people on preparation for vaccine
● Greet and direct people at vaccination sites
● Transportation – make necessary referrals; to Getthere staff at RHN
● Track and document number of people served
● Assist with additional vaccine/ COVID-19 related public health initiatives


Benefits that NYS AmeriCorps Public Health Fellows will receive:
● AmeriCorps living stipend and Federal education benefits
● Serving their community in public health roles during this time of great need
● Taking part in extensive public health training, professional development, and personal
enrichment opportunities
● Participating in Cornell University’s Public Health Certification e-Curriculum
● Being matched with a professional mentor throughout the program 

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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