Information for Prospective VISTA Members

Picture2The College Health Corps (CHC) is an AmeriCorps VISTA national service program working to promote health equity and support the wellness of low income people in Minnesota. VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is the capacity-building, indirect service arm of the AmeriCorps national service program, likened to a domestic Peace Corps. CHC VISTA members commit to serving one year, full time, to address health and food access issues affecting low-income Minnesotans through capacity building projects focused on program development and enhancement. VISTA members are provided a modest living allowance and several other financial supports during their year of service.

The CHC is a program of Minnesota Campus Compact, an organization that supports civic engagement and democratic renewal through its diverse network of colleges and universities. CHC connects higher education institutions with community clinics and nonprofits to create greater healthcare access and health literacy for underserved populations.


2017-18 Sites Announced, Position Listings Available!

American Indian Cancer Foundation, Minneapolis, MN

  • Join a dynamic, skilled organization to develop high-quality, communications, processes and resources to increase cancer awareness, visibility and education in American Indian communities nationally. Apply Here.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, MN

  • Work with our diversity team to find resources and create solutions that increase the educational opportunities of community college students of color and first generation college students. Apply Here.

Brightside Produce- University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

  • Work with local youth entrepreneurs to develop BrightSide Produce, the nation’s first economically sustainable model for distributing fresh produce to corner stores in underserved communities. Apply Here.

Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Minneapolis, MN 

  • Help college students graduate! With an emphasis on low-income and parenting students, create & organize programs, conduct research and identify funding for students’ non-academic needs. Apply Here.

North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park, MN

  • NHCC needs an umbrella of community resources to keep our low-income students safe and healthy so they can focus on school. Come create partnerships with us, and learn along the way. Apply Here.

Northfield Union of Youth, Northfield, MN

  • Make an impact in the lives of at-risk youth! Creatively build systems for access to mental health and health education at the longest-running youth-run youth center in the nation! Apply Here.

Open Door Health Center, Mankato, MN

  • Be part of grassroots initiatives to make rural communities healthier! Gain experience working in a community health center with an integrated care model while contributing to community outreach efforts in diverse communities. Apply Here.

People’s Center Health Services, Minneapolis, MN

  • Join People’s Center Health Services’ dynamic, mission-driven team to help our immigrant and refugee patients get the health care and health education they need to thrive.  Your contribution is vital. Apply Here.

Rochester Student Health Services, Rochester, MN

  • Unlock the power of partnerships to maximize the health & academic potential of adolescent students and their children at the Rochester Alternative Learning Center. Apply Here.

Sabathani Community Center Clinic, Minneapolis, MN

  • Improve health in underserved communities by increasing access to primary care services among immigrant and refugee communities. Gain valuable experience by working with our medical professionals. Apply Here.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, MN

  • Connect people with food!  Take the lead in developing a sustainable campus-community garden to build capacity to take care of each other by providing healthy food and nutritional health education. Apply Here.

South Central College, North Mankato, MN

  • Build a resource center and community garden so our students can succeed regardless of income-related challenges. Work with community agencies to combat issues regarding food & housing insecurity. Apply Here.

University of Minnesota Rochester, Rochester, MN

  • Impact the wellbeing of underrepresented health-science college students by increasing their awareness/strategies regarding nutrition, exercise & mindfulness, with the goal of increasing resilience. Apply Here.

Wellshare International, Minneapolis, MN

  • Develop resources to reduce health disparities within refugee and immigrant communities in Minnesota. The skills learned will be extremely useful for future work in non-profits and public health. Apply Here.

VISTA Leader, Minnesota Campus Compact, Minneapolis, MN

  • Be the backbone of this cohort! Help VISTAs thrive at clinics, colleges & community organizations around the state as they advance health and educational equity. Great program leadership experience. Apply Here.

Benefits:

  • Living allowance of approx. $990/month (pre-tax). (VISTA Leader: $1190/month)
  • Choice of Education Award of $5,815 or End-of-Service Award of $1,500 upon successful completion of service ($3,000 VISTA Leader)
  • Federal Student Loan forbearance (if Education Award is elected)
  • Healthcare Allowance of $6,600
  • Training and professional development
  • Childcare assistance subsidies (if eligible)
  • Relocation allowance of $550 if moving more than 50 miles to a new location in order to serve
  • Some project sites may provide housing supports. (VISTA Leader: $100/month housing support.)
  • Opportunity to be a part of a national service movement and work with a cohort of other committed health corps VISTA members

To Apply:

The CHC has begun accepting applications for the 2017-2018 College Health Corps.  To apply applicants must:

  • Create a profile on my.americorps.gov
  • Complete an application. the application asks for detailed information about your education, work, and volunteer history, references, etc.
  • Search for Applications. To find CHC applications search for VISTA programs in Minnesota with the search term “Health”.
  • Submit you application. You can find a full listing of College Health Corps site applications here.

Deadline to apply for the College Health Corps is May 1, 2017. 

With questions, please contact sinda {at} mncampuscompact(.)org or 612-436-2080.