This year marks the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, an intensive national service program. Over the years, AmeriCorps has impacted the lives of many thousands of people through its work. The National Health Corps is a program sponsored by AmeriCorps that specifically puts members in the community to serve 1,700-plus hours over 11 months. Throughout the service year, each member tries to increase access to health care for underserved populations or other people who have faced barriers in attaining health.
AmeriCorps does great things for Pittsburgh — not only are there 18 members of the Health Corps in Pittsburgh, but there are also hundreds of others serving to increase literacy, help refugees find their place, build homes for those in need and increase educational outcomes.
Serving this year as the incumbent member at my host site, I am humbled to be able to serve with two groups. First, I serve directly with the young leaders who focus on empowering other young people to be involved in their own medical transition from pediatric to adult care and who teach parents and medical practitioners how to better support transition to adult care and life.
Second, I serve as a connector to care and other social services for Service Access for Youth, a program held at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center that helps youth who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of being homeless. I help to enroll people there in health insurance, find housing, get clothing and connect to medical and mental health services. For more information about these programs, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AmeriCorps has allowed me to grow as a person and a future physician. Please keep in mind how service has impacted your community and the positive changes it has made for Pittsburgh, and remember that without your support, our service would not be possible. Remember, if you see people around the ’Burgh with an AmeriCorps “A” on, please thank them for their service!
JACOB N. MILLER