College Health Corps

The College Health Corps is an CHC_logo_finalAmeriCorps VISTA program managed by Minnesota Campus Compact.  VISTA Members are national service members who dedicate one year toward alleviating poverty in the United States. The College Health Corps is a cohort of VISTA members who are placed at community- and campus-based host sites throughout the state of Minnesota, each dedicated to increasing health equity and improving the health of low-income people.

“Before VISTA, the only thing we could do for students with health needs was refer them elsewhere. Over three years, our VISTA members built relationships with local colleges, created a health mentoring curriculum and resource book, and built community partnerships. Now, two years after our last VISTA left, we have vision and dental screenings, HIV/AIDS testing, flu shots, health fairs, and health advocates who help students get health insurance and access care. It’s a snowball effect where once VISTAs help you develop some capacity, you’re able to attract more resources. At least 300 students each year are helped by this program, and it all started with VISTA.”

–Amy Libman, Director of Student Support Services at Minnesota Internship Center High School

“The work that the AmeriCorps VISTA helped Century College to develop and implement was the foundation that we needed to begin building a program to support students’ basic needs. A year plus later, the Resource Center continues to grow and meet the basic needs of our students – many of whom live in the crisis of poverty. This year the Food Pantry has expanded to provide meals for students for one to two weeks at a time; we’ve added a clothes closet, opportunity community (community and campus engaged mentors/navigators to support students), parent resources, and additional emergency funding resources.”

– Joyce Coleman, Vice President Student Affairs, Century College


Our program aims to improve health equity and overall health status in Minnesota by looking at the spectrum of health determinants, from access to healthcare to access to housing, transportation, education, and healthy food.

Role of Higher Education Institutions

Minnesota Campus Compact supports civic engagement and democratic renewal through its diverse network of colleges and universities.  The College Health Corps was created to leverage this power by creating or expanding campus-community partnerships to improve health in the state.