Institute of
Rural Health

  • Idaho Community HealthCorps is a joint project of the ISU-IRH & Idaho Primary Care Association in cooperation with the National Association of Community Health Centers.
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Institute of Rural Health

Position Descriptions

Idaho Community HealthCorps members get the best of both worlds: the ability to help make a difference in health care delivery and service and the chance to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. In the health care realm, ICHC members can participate in community outreach, community health education, and receive ongoing training in health care. Members also will assist with immunizations, help people find a medical home, and help families enroll their uninsured children in the Idaho CHIP program. Some members will participate in case management to assist people with adherence to their medical treatment regimens. Others will help patients navigate through the social and health care systems to get care they need. Additional activities and opportunities include providing one-on-one health education sessions with patients, mental health and substance abuse outreach, and interactions with a variety of people across the life span and from urban, rural and frontier areas.

Before being deployed to their Community Health Center site, ICHC members receive one week of training in Pocatello, Idaho. The Program Coordinator will keep in touch with them through monthly group meetings as well as frequent phone calls and e-mail. ICHC members can also count on the support from their supervisors and trainers at the CHC sites.

Members may choose to work full- or part-time and you may be able to combine your service with your current health professions training program. Each full-time ICHC member receives a stipend of $10,600 for the year. Child care and basic health insurance are also available for those who qualify. Members can receive an educational award of up to $4,725.

Members with stipends (full or half-time) or education only awards (full, half or quarter-time) will be matched to sites depending on their personal choices and the site's needs. Stipended ICHC members will be assigned to a community health center in the state of Idaho, to the Institute of Rural Health office, to the Hispanic Health Project or one of the other projects listed below. The typical education award only members will be enrolled in health professions training at Idaho State University and assigned to clinics in the Pocatello area. All of the sites are located in the beautiful state of Idaho, with nearby thrilling outdoor recreational activities. Idaho enjoys a high quality of life with a low cost of living.

Sample Sites

The Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health (IRH) was established in 1989 as a university-based research and service organization. The Institute of Rural Health (IRH) mission is to improve the health of rural communities in Idaho and the Intermountain Region, as well as throughout the Nation and the World through research, education, and service. The IRH houses a variety of projects including a National Institute of Mental Health Outreach program and a family strengthening project with Native American families. Two full time ICHC members will be assigned to the IRH. One member will work full time with the National Institute of Mental Health outreach program to help provide information to consumers and primary care settings. This position is particularly well-suited for someone who has an interest in a professional career in mental health.

Health West, Inc. is a community health center located in the Idaho Primary Care Association (IPCA) network that serves the underserved, homeless, and Hispanic populations in American Falls, Aberdeen, Lava Hot Springs, Downey and Pocatello. All clinic sites are within 45 miles of Pocatello, Idaho (approximately 55,000 people). Health West, Inc., provides comprehensive primary care services, including pediatric care, family planning, well childcare, and acute & chronic medical care. X-Ray is available at the Lava and Downey clinics, and mammography is available at the Lava clinic. 75% of family incomes are below 200% of the federal poverty level, 35% of family incomes are below 100% of the federal poverty level, 18% are migrant/seasonal farm workers, 18% are elderly, and less than 1% have HIV/AIDS.

Terry Reilly Health Services is a community health center located in the Idaho Primary Care Association (IPCA) network serving Canyon County (Nampa+), Ada County (Boise+), Owyhee County (Homedale and Marsing+). All clinic sites are within 25 miles of Nampa, a suburb of Boise (the state capitol). Terry Reilly Health Services provides comprehensive family practice, including OB, lab, in-house pharmacy, X-ray, social work, psychiatry, and dental services. 90% of family incomes are below 200% of the federal poverty level, 71% of family incomes are below 100% of the federal poverty level, 18% are migrant/seasonal farm workers, 40% are Hispanic, 7% are elderly, and .03% has HIV/AIDS.

Valley Family Health Care is a community health center located in the Idaho Primary Care Association (IPCA) network serving medically underserved, Hispanic populations and all persons in Payette, and Emmett, Idaho; Nyssa, Ontario and Vale, Oregon. 81% of family incomes are below 200% of the federal poverty level, 64% of family incomes are below 100% of the federal poverty level, 20% are migrant/seasonal farm workers, 38% are Hispanic, 8% are elderly, and 0% has HIV/AIDS.

Health Educators - Hispanic Project. The HSSRC research is a project in collaboration with Health West. Members develop and implement several Spanish language health education programs for the Hispanic communities of American Falls and Aberdeen. This group of members has a strong cadre of bilingual researchers who will be able to positively influence the health status of the Hispanic community in the state of Idaho.

Ombudsman - Southeast Idaho Council of Governments. The Ombudsman will provide services to protect the health, safety, welfare, and rights of long term care residents. The ombudsmen will receive, investigate, mediate, and attempt to resolve complaints made by, or on behalf of, persons aged sixty or older, living in long term care facilities or in the community who are receiving community-based long-term care services.

  1. The Ombudsman will provide services to protect the health, safety, welfare, and rights of individuals sixty (60) and over receiving long-term care service.
  2. The Ombudsman will receive, investigate, mediate, and resolve complaints made by, or on behalf of, persons aged sixty or older, living in long term care facilities on in the community who are receiving community-based long-term care services.
  3. Serve as an advocate of older persons to resolve problems encountered with agencies of government such as the Department of Health and Welfare, Social Security Administration, Veteran's Administration of County Welfare
  4. Document complaints through the statewide reporting system.
  5. Assist in the identification and development of recommendation for changes in public policy, regulation and/or laws at all levels of government to improve the quality of life for affected older persons.

Case Manager Assistant - Southeast Idaho Council of Governments. Case Management is designed to locate, mobilize and coordinate a variety of in-home care and other services required by individuals at high risk of placement in a long-term care facility. ICHC member duties include:

  1. Assist and evaluate clients' needs and abilities to function in the community.
  2. Assist in identification and development of needed community resources to benefit clients.
  3. Work with the family and the service providers to make certain that the needs of the frail elderly are met.
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