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.


All College Health Corps 2017-18 positions are currently filled.
Campus Compact positions in other states can be viewed here. 


Benefits:

  • 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

Applications for 2018-19 positions will begin in January, 2018. To apply:

  • 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.

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