AmeriCorps State Programs

Opioid Outreach and Education Program

AmeriCorps members are placed at health centers and community organizations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to provide outreach and education around substance and opioid use disorders to patients and/or participants and their family members with the overall goal of recovery in designated counties in Pennsylvania.

The AmeriCorps members conduct venue outreach, identify and address barriers, and advocate for community needs to sustained adherence through education, screening, behavioral health service, and linkage to treatment. The position is responsible for assisting patients in understanding and advocating for their health care needs and navigating and accessing health and social services.

 AmeriCorps Member Responsibilities include:

  • Provide new participants with initial outreach and orientation to the program
  • Identify community linkages to support recovery efforts which includes job readiness, educational aspirations, housing and family support
  • Provide outreach to participants at treatment facilities, in the community which includes recovery houses, homes and workplaces to support engagement throughout participation

Skills and Qualifications for Applicants:

  • At least two years of experience with vulnerable populations, including incarcerated, substance use and/or mental health disorders; knowledge of Philadelphia is a plus
  • Ability to adapt to fast paced medical environments and demonstrate flexibility in operating within different service and community settings
  • Ability to establish trusting and therapeutic
  • Commitment to recovery, choice, empowerment and the ability of people with co-occurring disorders to find meaningful lives in the community
  • (Other Relevant Skills and Qualifications required by the Host Site)

 Current AmeriCorps State Program Host Sites:

  • Nationalities Services Center: Provides comprehensive services to immigrants and refugees, including legal protections, community integration, access to health and wellness services, and opportunities to achieve English language proficiency.
  • Health Promotion Council, Advocacy Institute: Youth empowerment program with a mission to empower youth of Philadelphia to make sustainable community changes through policy, community, and social media advocacy. Participants gain knowledge and opportunities to network and build their leadership skills.
  • Pathways to Housing PA: Provide homes and comprehensive wrap around services for people who have experienced chronic homelessness and suffer from serious mental illness, substance use disorder, and/or multiple other disabilities. We believe that housing is a basic human right. Everyone deserves a place to call home.
  • Public Health Management Corporation CHANCES: Outpatient and intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program for up to 100 women with children. CHANCES provides comprehensive therapeutic, educational, and support services, including parenting, adult education and family literacy.
  • Public Health Management Corporation Health Network: Offers affordable, high-quality, patient-centered health services for communities throughout the Philadelphia area.  We share a simple mission: to provide comprehensive primary health care, family planning, disease management, social services and more to men, women and children.  Our network provides area residents with a diverse selection of services that help to close the gap created by disparities in access to health care.
  • Project HOME: Empowering adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. Project HOME Healthcare Services is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides high quality, low barrier, and affordable health and wellness care accessible to medically underserved populations in Philadelphia, particularly persons who have experienced homelessness and low income persons at-risk of homelessness in the Lower North Philadelphia community.
  • PHMC The Bridge: Nonprofit behavioral health treatment and youth opportunity program for adolescents and their families seeking to overcome substance abuse, mental health issues, truancy and other challenges. The Bridge includes a comprehensive continuum of services, accredited by the Joint Commission.

 

Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps – Philadelphia COVID Response Corps

In January 2021, NNCC onboarded over 20 AmeriCorps State members to support COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts in Philadelphia, PA. Although the members were initially recruited to support contact tracing with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, community needs shifted to include education on COVID-19 business safety protocol and vaccine distribution in health centers. Below are the Philadelphia COVID Response Corps member activities with partner organizations:

  • Share Food Program: coordinating food packaging and distribution for seniors and eligible low-income families
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Health: canvassing local businesses to provide updated COVID-19 safety protocol for employees and patrons as businesses reopen, COVID-19 call center support, and vaccine clinic scheduling and education
  • Public Health Management Corporation Health Centers: supporting contact tracing for PHMC Employees, COVID-19 vaccine clinic coordination to register patients to get vaccinated, and outreach to PHMC programs and patients for COVID-19 vaccine education

 

For more information or to partner with NNCC's AmeriCorps State Programs or COVID Response Corps, contact Christine Simon, Senior Project Manager,

Interested in applying to be an AmeriCorps State member for the COVID Response Corps? Click here to apply