Have you ever thought about healthcare and said, "Somebody should do something about this!"
You Can Make A Difference in the Idaho Community HealthCorps
Yes, you can make a difference by participating in the Idaho Community HealthCorps (ICHC): An Americorps Program, sponsored by the Idaho Primary Care Association and ISU Institute of Rural Health Studies, the National Association of Community Health Centers - Corporation for National Service.
As a member of the Idaho Community HealthCorps you will participate in community service and gain skills in community health education and outreach. The ICHC opens doors for personal and professional development while learning an ethic of community service. During your tenure, you will work in health outreach and/or serving the Community Health Centers located throughout the state of Idaho.
There are two types of HealthCorps members:
- Stipend Members work full time and receive a living allowance and educational benefit. Insurance and childcare are provided for those who qualify. This is a good option for people considering a career in health care.
- Education-Award-Only Members receive a voucher for financial assistance. This is a good option for people currently enrolled in health professions training. In some cases, you can earn an educational award for time spent in training practica.
Depending on the type of HealthCorps member you choose to become you maybe eligible for some or all of the following:
- Living Allowance – Full-time members (at least 1700 hours) receive a living allowance of about $10,600 and half-time members (at least 900 hours) receive about $5,400.
- Education Benefit –Members receive a voucher for an education award based on the hours of service provided. A full-time award (at least 1700 hours) is $4,725; half-time (900 hours) and quarter-time (450 hours) awards are also available.
- Insurance – If a full-time member is not covered by a health insurance program, she or he is eligible to receive limited coverage through the HealthCorps. (This option is only available for Full Time Stipend members.)
- Child Care – A full-time stipend member is eligible to receive childcare through a provider-qualified federal program at the expense of the Corporation for National Service, if she or he demonstrates need.