New Name, Same Program
Since 2006, BHCHP has been fortunate to receive both federal and private funding for our AmeriCorps/Community HealthCorps Program, enabling us to welcome the country’s most promising young leaders into the BHCHP “family".
This year’s twelve prospective members were selected from a highly competitive pool of over 300 applicants, representing future physicians, nurses, social workers, and policy makers, to serve alongside our staff and receive a unique education in the complex world of community and public health.
For ten years federal funding - 50% of the budget - had come through the Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS), the federal agency that empowers and supports Americans to tackle persistent challenges through service. In May of 2016, just as we were launching this newest class, CNCS cut funding to 100+ community health centers nationwide, eliminating Community HealthCorps entirely.
Since this would have meant a huge loss to our patient services, as well a negative impact on the vocational lives of promising practitioners, we have decided to continue this time-honored program by creating the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) Fellowship.
The team of twelve BHCHP Fellows engage in direct service in BHCHP’s outpatient and shelter-based clinics, as well as the two 24-hour medical respite facility operated by the program.
Fellows will serve full-time as health educators, case managers, and care coordinators, helping patients navigate the complexities of the health care and social service system; increasing patients’ access to care; providing translation services and health education. Fellows will target specific patient subpopulations, including: patients seeking behavioral health services; HIV-positive and Hepatitis C positive patients; families experiencing homelessness; and chronically homeless individuals who are housed, but in need of stabilization services. Fellows will also provide services to patients who may identify as: low income; immigrant; differently abled; survivor of domestic violence and/or community violence; single-head of household; and illiterate/limited literacy. Fellows’ service will help reduce the barriers to care by: connecting patients to health benefits programs; providing health education services; aiding with prescription assistance; and making referrals for support services.
It is anticipated that the 2017-2018 year of service will begin in early September 2017 and run through the end of July 2018.
Benefits and Application Details
BHCHP Fellows receive a taxable living stipend of $14,500 for a minimum 1,700-hour term of service, health insurance, transportation support, and professional development - benefits comparable to those offered by AmeriCorps/Community HealthCorps.
We are seeking applicants who are mature, articulate, enthusiastic, and demonstrate strong skills in the following areas: interpersonal, organizational, time management, writing, attention to detail, ability to learn quickly and work independently. A history of volunteer service and prior health care experience (as a professional, a volunteer/intern, or in coursework), as well as working with an underserved population are preferred. We seek candidates who are multi-lingual (e.g. English & Spanish) and demonstrate successful cultural affirmation in diverse settings. Additionally, we are seeking veterans, military family members, and those who have been recently un- or under-employed to serve with our program. Please note that this program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or religion. BHCHP is an EEOC employer.
How to Apply
All applicants must be 18 years or older, and are required to complete the steps below in order to apply:
Complete our online application
Included in our online application is a reference section. Please select three people who know you well and who are familiar with your personal background, education, employment, and/or professional skills. You should not ask a family member, peer, classmate, co-worker, or friend to serve as a reference. Consider asking work supervisors, professors, coaches, or someone else familiar with your motivation and community involvement.
- Included in our online application is a reference section. Please select three people who know you well and who are familiar with your personal background, education, employment, and/or professional skills. You should not ask a family member, peer, classmate, co-worker, or friend to serve as a reference. Consider asking work supervisors, professors, coaches, or someone else familiar with your motivation and community involvement.
- Submit resume to [email protected]
The BHCHP Fellowship application deadline is: April 7, 2017.
Application forms and resumes will be reviewed to determine whether you have the qualifications and availability we seek. Candidates are not considered until the online application form and resume have been received. We will contact applications directly to schedule first-round interviews.