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.

Now accepting applications: University of Minnesota Opioid Prevention & Intervention VISTA  – Duluth

Join in this life-saving opioid use disorder work. Gain valuable public health, communication and translational research experience while working with a diverse group of stakeholders to save lives. Apply now at the link above. Position starts January 29, 2018. Contact Sinda  with interest or questions about the application process. 

To apply for this VISTA position:

  1. View the position here:
  2. Click “apply”
  3. Register within the system and make a profile.
  4. Submit your application to the above position.
  5. Send your cover letter and resume to lpalombi {at} d.umn(.)edu

Future College Health Corps openings: Applications will be accepted in March 2018 for a range of other positions to begin in July 2018. To be notified when positions are announced, email Sinda Nichols at sinda {at} mncampuscompact(.)org.

Campus Compact positions in other states can be viewed here. 


  • Living allowance of approx. $472 every two weeks (pre-tax). (VISTA Leader: $564.34 every two weeks)
  • Choice of Education Award of $5,815 or End-of-Service Award of $1,803 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