Partners in Care Foundation
In collaboration with three committed Veteran's Administration partners (The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, The VA Northern California Health Care System and The VA Palo Alto Health Care System) in California and Michigan, Partners in Care Foundation respects requesting a planning grant to develop an AmeriCorps program which will engage older adult Veterans (age 55+) and their family members as AmeriCorps members and volunteers. The AmeriCorps members will coordinate and provide peer health coaching and evidence-based programs, including Stanford University's Healthier Living: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. AmeriCorps members will be trained in program coordination, peer health coaching and facilitating evidence-based programs, including Healthier Living. This project will provide participating veterans with job-skills training, supplemental income and position them for future employment. To further sustain the program, AmeriCorps members will also recruit volunteers and coordinate a volunteer network of veterans and military family members to provide peer health coaching and Healthier Living workshops. The classes and peer coaching will occur in VA facilities and community-based outpatient clinics under the VA. Members will address the needs of older adult veterans living with chronic conditions resulting in 1) veterans being better able to manage their chronic conditions (i.e. diabetes, hypertension) and 2) a corps of veterans and veteran family members trained and experienced as Healthier Living facilitators and Peer Health Coaches. The majority of these program activities will be categorized in the areas of "Veterans, Healthy Futures and Volunteer Development."