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1424 K St NW
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Washington, DC 20005 - 2411
(202) 876-2823
FY 2016 AmeriCorps Direct Fixed Amount and EAP (New and Continuation)

Executive Summary

Since 1994, over 800 AmeriCorps Members have served in AIDS United's (AU) AmeriCorps Program, the first AmeriCorps program solely dedicated to addressing HIV in America. AU AmeriCorps Members provide essential HIV education and testing, linkage to care, and support services to youth and adults in underserved, high incidence communities. The program provides essential public health skills-building that prepare the next generation of public health leaders. AU's program aligns with the CNCS Healthy Futures focus area. The CNCS investment of $1,173,900 per service year will be administered as a Fixed-Amount grant.

AU's AmeriCorps program changes lives of individuals served and the Members who serve. To date, Members have helped 89,000 people learn their HIV status and reached 400,000 through HIV prevention education and outreach. Many program alumni report that, in addition to developing critical workforce skills, through their service they discovered a passion for HIV work, inspiring career goals in public health and social justice (Ameen, 2009).

The 2016-2019 AU AmeriCorps program will address the disproportionate impact of HIV on underserved communities across the country, as well as the need for a passionate, well-trained workforce through a valuable, service-based intervention. AU proposes to place 91 full-time Members at approximately 50 Host Agencies in 13 metro areas nationally to provide a range of HIV services in underserved communities.

Over three years, 273 Members are expected to serve over 30,000 individuals in high incidence metropolitan areas and low-resource rural settings. AU will also implement the Emerging Public Health Leaders training series to support Member professional development. The intentional joining of public health service and workforce development will amplify the impact of the AU AmeriCorps program on both communities affected by HIV and Members' long-term service in the field of public health.

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