Since 2006, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program has been welcoming the country’s most promising young leaders into the BHCHP "family,"initially through our participation in AmeriCorps/Community Health Corps and now through AmeriCorps in association with the Massachusetts Service Alliance!
Each year thirteen AmeriCorps Members are selected from a highly competitive pool, 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.
The team of BHCHP AmeriCorps Members engage in direct service in BHCHP’s outpatient and shelter-based clinics, as well as the two 24-hour medical respite facilities operated by our program.
AmeriCorps Members serve as full-time care coordinators and health educators, assisting patients navigating the complexities of the health care and social service system; increasing patients’ access to care; and providing translation services and health education.
AmeriCorps Members provide services to patients who may identify as: low income; immigrant; differently abled; transgender; survivors of domestic violence and/or community violence; single-head of household; and illiterate/limited literacy. AmeriCorps Member's service helps to reduce the barriers to care by: connecting patients to health benefits programs; providing health education services; and making referrals for support services.
Benefits and Application Details
We are seeking applicants who are mature, mission-driven, 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.
For a one-year full-time commitment and minimum of 1,700 hours of AmeriCorps service, members may be eligible to receive:
- A taxable living allowance of up to $14,500
- Loan forbearance, if eligible
- If eligible, taxable Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $6,095 upon successful completion of service
- Health benefits
- Child care benefits, if eligible
- Training and professional development opportunities
- Transportation stipend
Members also engage bimonthly trainings and workshops on various topics, including food insecurity, chronic disease management, housing resources, trauma-informed care, and much more. Additionally, AmeriCorps Members are offered unique opportunities to shadow health care professionals, and are explore various health-oriented career paths.
How to Apply
The application for the 2019-2020 program year is closed. Visit the My AmeriCorps portal at https://my.americorps.gov to learn about other AmeriCorps opportunities.
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 two 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.
- Cover letters are not required, as the online application allows candidates the opportunity to expand on their interests and motivations for applying.
To learn more about AmeriCorps programs visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/what-americorps
BHCHP is committed to providing equal opportunities. We serve and partner with diverse organizations, and are dedicated to non-discrimination. It is our policy to ensure that all individuals with whom we are in contact are treated without regard to age, color, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or expression, or veteran status. BHCHP welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.