Rio Grande Community Development Corporation
This project, the Civic Health Corps ("CHC"), is a civic engagement/career pathway approach to careers in the health care sector. It is an emerging project that engages diverse populations in post-secondary education and health care service. CHC is an evolving partnership between post-secondary institutions, social service providers, community health professionals, and the private sector designed to prepare diverse populations for careers in the health care sector while meeting community need. A total of 60 AmeriCorps members (10 full time, 20 half time, 15 reduced half time, and 15 minimum time) will serve in community health and wellness centers, School-Based Health Centers, private health care providers, and Federally Qualified Health Centers in the South Valley of Albuquerque, NM. The project aligns with the following CNCS focus areas: Economic Opportunity (improve the employability of members, thus leading to increased success in becoming and remaining employed); Education (improve the preparation for and prospects of success in post-secondary education institutions for members by providing on-the-job mentoring and real-life experience to support classroom learning); and Healthy Futures (improve access to health care, especially culturally-competent care, for community residents). By the end of the three-year grant cycle, we expect see: increased job readiness and skills as measured by training evaluation surveys and participation data; increased economic mobility, as measured by job placement and retention data; and increased positive affect around employment and career tracks, as measured by training evaluation surveys and Member and Placement Site Satisfaction Surveys. The CNCS investment of $461,705 will be matched with $158,086 (of this, $50,200 is requested from NMCCV state general funds and $107,886 is in-kind from Rio Grande Community Development Corporation, "RGCDC").