All NHC Public Health Leadership Corps members complete 1,700 hours of service during a 42-46 week service term in one of NHC's program locations. Each member is matched with an organization in the community, called a “host site,” where they will complete most of their service. Service terms usually last from late August-July, but opportunities are often available year-round! Members also earn service hours for participating in committees, other individual or group volunteer opportunities, trainings, professional development activities, and more! Learn more about NHC's 9 position types here.
Is NHC Right for Me?
NHC members are dedicated, dynamic, hard-working people with different backgrounds and experiences who are ready to commit nearly a year of their lives to service. Many NHC members are interested in careers in public health, medicine, or related fields and find that NHC helps inform their next steps, but this is certainly not a requirement. NHC welcomes people with all different interests and future goals! The most important quality in an NHC member is a readiness to bring the best they have to offer - their creativity, energy, enthusiasm, and readiness to learn - to serving their communities.
NHC members also need to meet certain AmeriCorps eligibility criteria. These include:
- Members must be at least 18 years of age by the start of service.
- Members must be U.S. Citizens, U.S. nationals, or lawful permanent residents.
- Members must have achieved a high school diploma or GED by the start of service.
- Members must not have previously served four AmeriCorps State or National terms.
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* Varies per location. Contact relevant site staff in preferred city/region.
What You Will Do
NHC members provide three main services in the organizations where they serve:
1. Education: NHC members provide education and skills building support to individuals to improve their health and overall wellness.
2. Access: NHC members assist individuals in accessing health and related social services to help them lead healthier lives.
3. Capacity Building: NHC members improve or expand direct services to make them more efficient and effective or expand their scale or reach.
NHC service position categories include:
- Care Coordinator
- Case Manager
- COVID-19 Responder
- Health Educator
- Outreach Coordinator
- Patient Navigator
Opportunities to serve may include activities as diverse as:
- Participating in COVID-19 vaccine distribution, case investigation, contact tracing, and client education
- Developing and delivering community health intervention workshops
- Engaging youth in cooking and physical activity workshop sessions after school
- Helping older adults use technology to improve their health
- Supporting alternative pain management programs for people with opioid and prescription drug overuse disorders
- Distributing fresh produce and providing nutrition education to health center patients
- Assisting refugees and individuals who are homeless with navigating health systems, and accessing health and social services
- Providing individuals who are LGBTQIA+ with health education and access services
Check out NHC’s Open Member Positions to see a full list of available member opportunities.
Take a look at NHC's Member Stories to learn about a day in the life of an NHC member!