Local AmeriCorps Unit Seeking Host Sites for Community Service

Looking to Place Well-Trained, Highly Motivated Paraprofessionals

Contact:Guillermo Cole, Health Department
412-578-8004 office

The Pittsburgh Health Corps (PHC), a local affiliate of the national AmeriCorps community service program, is seeking host sites where PHC members may be placed to complete their service commitment for 2012-2013.

PHC will provide host sites with full-time, well-trained and highly motivated public health or healthcare paraprofessionals who contribute 1,600+ hours of community service over a 46-week period from September 2012 through July 2013.

“Our members can add tremendous value to community- and faith-based organizations,” said AmeriCorps Program Manager Dannai Harriel.  “They typically have college degrees in public health, nutrition or health sciences or may be local residents with some college experience who are strongly committed to community service.”

Host sites must meet the following minimum requirements:  be a non-profit and willing to mentor a PHC member for 46 weeks; have services which complement PHC’s mission; provide a cash-match contribution of $8,350; and comply with AmeriCorps regulations and member-prohibited activities.

In exchange for their community service, PHC members receive a living allowance of $12,100 and upon completion of their community service commitment become eligible for an educational award of $5,500.  Members also receive the support and hands-on training needed for a career in public health and human services.

Now in its 17th year, PHC is administered by the Allegheny County Health Department and aims to promote healthier lifestyle choices and improve access to health care by enhancing the capacity of community- and faith-based organizations.

For more information, please visit World Wide Web Icon www.pittsburghhealthcorps.org or call AmeriCorps Program Manager Dannai Harriel at 412-578-8360.