In 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service was established and was renamed AmeriCorps in 2020. AmeriCorps was created to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation. It merged the work and staffs of two predecessor agencies, ACTION and the Commission on National and Community Service. AmeriCorps empowers and supports Americans to tackle persistent challenges such as helping youth succeed in school, securing safe affordable housing for economically disadvantaged families, or helping communities respond to disasters. Through this work, AmeriCorps achieves its mission of improving lives, strengthening communities and fortifying the civic health of our nation. AmeriCorps leverages the strength of grantees, participants, programs, state service commissions and the American public to build a network of programs that offer effective solutions in the six priority areas:
- Disaster Services
- Economic Opportunity
- Environmental Stewardship
- Healthy Futures
- Veterans and Military Families
They will produce these results by investing in effective local initiatives, engaging more Americans in service, supporting evidence-based programs, and leveraging public-private partnerships.
About Public Health AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create Public Health AmeriCorps, a groundbreaking new initiative made possible by a $400 million investment of the CDC’s American Rescue Plan Act funds. COVID-19 demonstrated that we need a more robust public health workforce, and the workforce must reflect the communities being served. Through Public Health AmeriCorps, thousands of AmeriCorps members will be recruited to serve communities across the country and support their critical public health needs.
Public Health AmeriCorps has two overarching goals:
1) Help meet the public health needs of local communities by providing needed capacity and support in state and local public health settings and advancing more equitable health outcomes for communities who are currently or historically underserved.
2) Provide pathways to good quality public health-related careers through onsite experience, training, and more, with a focus on recruiting AmeriCorps members who reflect the communities in which they will serve.
This material is based upon work supported by AmeriCorps under AmeriCorps Grant No. 22ACDID0020001 Opinions or points of view expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of, or a position that is endorsed by, AmeriCorps or the AmeriCorps program. Administered by Serve Idaho and Sponsored by AmeriCorps.