Healthy Futures

CNCS administers programs that connect youth to fresh produce and seniors to warm meals, build community gardens, assist local farms, and bridge the gap between community members and a wide range of health services, all with long-term and sustainable health in mind.

  • Senior Corps and AmeriCorps combat the opioid crisis in all 50 states. Learn more about specific programs and the impact of their service.
  • In a Senior Companion Independent Living Survey of more than 3,000 clients and 600 caregivers, participants reported high rates of perceived social support and self-efficacy. 
  • Each year, Senior Corps RSVP and Senior Companion volunteers provide hundreds of thousands of seniors with independent living services.

Senior Companion enjoys lunch and a laugh with fellow senior


Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas Senior Companion Program (KS)

Utilizing the Senior Reach evidence-based program model, 42 South Central Kansas Senior Companion volunteers are trained in the prevention of elder abuse.  Serving as gatekeepers, Senior Companions report any suspected incidences of elder abuse or neglect. In fiscal year 2017, they identified 12 clients receiving Senior Corps services as being at-risk for becoming victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

One incident involved a concerned Senior Companion volunteer who called her program director regarding a close friend who she felt was being neglected and exploited. A referral was immediately made to MHA’s Mid-Kansas Senior Outreach (MKSO) Program, and the Nurse Care Coordinator went to the man’s home to evaluate him and his living situation.

Upon the Nurse Care Coordinator’s arrival, it was apparent that both the man’s caregiver and his appointed representative payee were exploiting the man. Additionally, there was evidence of neglect as the caregiver was absent for long periods of time. The nurse worked with officials, including the Wichita Police Department, to have the man resettled into a Veterans Affairs Foster Home where he could receive care in safe surroundings and the Wichita Police Department turned both the payee and the caregiver in to the Internal Revenue Service for tax fraud. The man in care is now in his new home and will soon receive services from a Senior Companion volunteer.

Ecumen RSVP (MN)

In rural Minnesota, the distance between seniors and services can be several miles and in some cases several counties. The ability to get to medical appointments and take care of other necessary errands is essential for people to remain living independently. Some seniors are no longer able to drive due to poor health, decreased vision, and related declines in driving performance. Many of these people need rides several times per week to dialysis appointments or other lifesaving medical treatments.

A recent report showed that 65 Ecumen RSVP volunteers provided rides to 379 seniors for medical appointments and other necessary errands. Volunteers logged 4,616 hours of service and drove their own vehicles 199,964 miles.


RSVP volunteers prepare meals to deliver for a Meals on Wheels program


  • AmeriCorps NCCC members received, inventoried, or distributed more than 1 million pounds of food and served nearly 80,000 meals in fiscal year 2017.
  • AmeriCorps VISTA place thousands of members in projects that promote community collaboration and build capacity for organizations that support health for Americans.
  • AmeriCorps State & National places thousands of members in projects dedicated to healthy futures, including school lunch and community garden programs.


Foundation Communites (Austin, TX)

EcoRise Design Materials: Savannah worked with local non-profit EcoRise to develop and design creative and engaging green living educational materials. The educational pieces were intended to target high-impact behaviors in four different environmental categories: energy conservation, water conservation, waste reduction, and healthy indoor air. Using these categories, Savannah worked with EcoRise to design four tangible and interactive educational pieces, and created complimentary informational posters. The revision process took multiple conversations and led to the development of a Spanish set of all educational materials, and individual thermostat cards for each property.

AIDS United

Social Innovation Fund (SIF) and AmeriCorps: The AIDS United Access to Care initiative expanded access to high-quality, life-extending care to over 5,000 people living with HIV, exceeded national viral suppression rates by 27 percent and saved up to $8.83 in future HIV-related medical care for every $1 spent. This innovative model puts client health first and moves communities closer to achieving the goals and progress indicators in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (2020).

Tobacco Cessation Counseling Intervention in Primary Care

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S. and related illnesses account for nearly 170 billion in medical care costs and an additional 156 billion in lost productivity. In Ohio, less than 10% of adults who smoke receive counseling and pharmacotherapy to help them quit due largely to provider time constraints. With the AmeriCorps tobacco cessation coaching program, AmeriCorps members have coached 846 smokers over the past two years, and the quit rates are 72% at 3 months and 39% at 6 months. A CNCS research grantee, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is currently studying this model.

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