Program seeks to reduce and prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse
Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) is pleased to announce the allocation of $243,072 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for the second year in a row. CNCS is a federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps and other national service programs.
The grant will continue to support a national collaborative, including CHC and health centers in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts and New York, aiming to reduce and prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse. Sixteen AmeriCorps members serve in these six states, conducting outreach, patient engagement, community education and prevention services in high-need areas under the guidance of the AmeriCorps Program Manager, Felicia Goodwine.
“We are excited to continue with year two as we work collaboratively to reduce opioid and prescription drug use,” said Goodwine. “Our AmeriCorps members across the sites are exceeding our expectations by providing outreach, education, and awareness in the communities they serve and we are proud to have them.”
“What sparked my interest in AmeriCorps was the hybrid of work and service,” said CHC AmeriCorps member, Carolyn Spencer. “I specifically wanted to work with CHC because I am interested in becoming a clinician and wanted to work with an organization that provided health care to underserved populations. Coming from Bridgeport, CT, I knew that I wanted to serve an organization that treated communities similar to the one I grew up in.”
“For more than two decades, Americans have answered the call to serve by pledging to ‘get things done’ as AmeriCorps members,” said Chester Spellman, director of AmeriCorps. “Through their dedication and sacrifice, I know our nation is in good hands.. We are so pleased to be supporting more AmeriCorps members for Community Health Center, where their service will help to create a brighter tomorrow. I salute all of our AmeriCorps members – past, present, and future – and thank those who help make their service possible.”
This funding is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering, civic engagement, and national service programs like AmeriCorps. For more than two 25 years, more than 1 million dedicated Americans have joined AmeriCorps and pledged to ‘get things done.’
This year, the 75,000 AmeriCorps members serving in schools, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, will do the same as they rebuild communities, support veterans, fight the opioid epidemic, prepare students for success, foster economic opportunity, and more. Those interested in serving can learn more at AmeriCorps.gov/join.