Public Health AmeriCorps

In spring 2022, Wake Forest University was selected by AmeriCorps and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a host site for Public Health AmeriCorps.

The program, supported by a five-year $400 million investment from the American Rescue Plan Act, will help meet public health needs of local communities by providing surge capacity and support while also creating pathways to public health-related careers. AmeriCorps members will serve communities by providing health education, supporting health-related research, assisting with testing and vaccination efforts, and more.

Wake Forest joins Appalachian State University as the only North Carolina-based higher education institution to receive funds in the program’s inaugural year.

Public Health AmeriCorps Members

NamePronounsService Site
Rosa AlonteWinston-Salem State Mobile Health Clinic
Tripp CausbyCommunity Care Center
Charles FisherCommunity Care Center
Safa JanForsyth County Department of Public Health
Danielle JeffersonTwin City Harm Reduction Collective
Sneha KannanThe Shalom Project
Autumn KnightAtrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Mobile Health Clinic
Rachael NyanksonCommunity Care Center
Lily Pursall BergerForsyth County Department of Public Health
Mariam RajaWinston-Salem State Mobile Health Clinic
Emily ReevesTwin City Harm Reduction Collective
Adriana RieraCommunity Care Center
Adaiah StevensAtrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Mobile Health Clinic
Katherina TsaiWinston-Salem State Mobile Health Clinic
Theresa UrquhartThe Shalom Project

Additional Information

  • Eligibility Requirements
    • Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit)
    • Hold one of the following citizenship or legal residency statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card status), and persons legally residing within a state.
      • Examples of persons legally residing within a state may include those holding the following classifications: refugee, asylee, temporary protected status throughout VISTA service, and holding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
    • Members must complete and pass a series of national service criminal history checks.
  • Program Details
    • Members will serve a full-year term from August 2022 – July 2023.
    • Members must record 900 hours of service with their partner agency from August 2022-July 2023.
    • Members will engage in:
      • Patient Navigation
      • Linking patients and community residents to care
      • Facilitated enrollment
      • Patient and community outreach with a focus on COVID-19 pandemic response
      • Substance use screening and targeted care management
      • Health education
      • Other Services addressing Social Determinants of Health
  • Benefits
    Living Allowance

    Members will receive a monthly stipend throughout their year of service.

    Professional Development Training

    You have the opportunity to attend in-person and virtual training to learn how to be a community development change agent.

    End of Service Award

    Upon successful completion of the member’s term of service, the member will receive an education award from the National Service Trust valued at $2,960.