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By: Ryan Stone, Wisconsin HealthCorps AmeriCorps member


Today is National Rural Health Day – a day to focus on the power of rural communities to innovate and provide the care needed to the millions of people who call rural America home. Wisconsin HealthCorps AmeriCorps member Ryan Stone helps individuals in rural Wisconsin access affordable healthcare.

Healthcare extends beyond the walls of clinics and hospitals.  As a Wisconsin HealthCorps AmeriCorps member for Marinette County Public Health, I’ve seen the social determinants that place the county’s people on paths to illness. 

These challenges are magnified in rural counties like Marinette, where communities are widely dispersed without centralized transportation services and where medical underservice is a harsh reality.

Viewing public health from a social-ecological perspective has taught me that community health is not merely a matter of providing quality healthcare. The triumphs of science and successes of medicine become helpless when communities are entrenched with social disparities and constraints.  

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped Marinette galvanize local resources and construct channels for community members to get the care they need. As a Wisconsin HealthCorps AmeriCorps member, I have become a Certified Application Counselor so that I can help people understand their healthcare options, find affordable coverage, and assist with enrollment.

Nov 19, 2015

By: Ryan Stone, Wisconsin HealthCorps AmeriCorps member

Today is National Rural Health Day – a day to focus on the power of rural communities to innovate and provide the care needed to...

Legacy Corps Supporting Veterans and Military Families

Legacy Corps is a community-based caregiver support program by and for veterans of all wars and veteran/military families. Legacy Corps, utilizes highly trained volunteers to provide a range of caregiver support services including in-home respite care, information and linkages to other community support systems, hospital to home transition services, and other related services.

Legacy Corps is administered by the University of Maryland, Department of Health Services Administration (UMDHSA). UMDHSA has over 27 years experience in developing and implementing community-based volunteer service models and has a strong commitment to veteran/military families. The primary purpose of Legacy Corps is to provide an evidenced-based model of volunteer-driven respite services that will help to fill the gap in the need for services specifically targeted to military caregivers. Legacy Corps utilizes 542 highly trained and experienced volunteers, many of whom are veterans or veteran/military family members, each of whom provides a minimum of 450 hours of respite and caregiver support services per year.

This national network of respite and caregiver services supports and sustains over 490 active military or veterans as caregivers or recipients of care and 865 families of veteran and military families at 16 sites in 10 states (Florida, Alabama, Illinois, New York, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Idaho and California) by providing 243,900 hours of respite and other support services .  

Nov 12, 2015

Today in Milwaukee in honor of Veterans Day, Cullen Voss, US Marine Corps Reserves Corporal and City Year AmeriCorps member was honored by City Year Milwaukee and India McCanse, the Wisconsin State Program Director for the Corporation for National & Community Service at Hopkins Lloyd Community School, where he serves as a tutor, mentor, and role model in Ms. Xiong’s 6th grade classroom.  Ms. McCanse shared with his students the importance of Veteran’s Day and service to our country before pinning Cullen with a commemorative AmeriCorps and service veteran pin. Also in attendance were his fellow AmeriCorps members serving at Hopkins Lloyd, Impact Manager Lenzy Crawford, Service Director Theresa Conroy, Chief of Staff Amanda Panciera, Corporate Partnerships Manager Betsy Mitchell, and Glenn Carson, City Year Milwaukee Alumni and  HLCS Community School Coordinator with the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County.  We honor Cullen today for his exemplary leadership and commitment to the Milwaukee community and the United States of America.  

Cullen Voss is from Lodi, WI and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He serves in the United States Marine Corps Reserves as a Corporal in Golf Company 2nd Battalion 24th Marines 23rd Marine Regiment 4th Marine Division.  He is serving as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year Milwaukee at Hopkins Lloyd Community School.  

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