Public Health AmeriCorps

The mission of App State's Public Health AmeriCorps is to foster meaningful relationships, develop public health professionals, and bolster community resilience and preparedness in western North Carolina by addressing local public health inequities through service, volunteerism, and evidence-based interventions.

Every day in communities across the country, AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers work directly with national, regional, or local nonprofit and community organizations to meet critical community needs.

Public Health AmeriCorps members will be leading the dissemination and implementation of Psychological First Aid (PFA) interventions to communities, organizations, and professionals.

Meeting Needs in Western North Carolina

In the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina, local health departments have identified a major need for mental health interventions to support health preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery:

  • 72% of children in NC with diagnosed behavior conditions have not met with a licensed mental health provider
  • Western NC saw suicide rates double from 2014-2018
    • 10-24 year olds in western NC are at a 30% higher risk of suicide and 65 and older have a 22% higher risk
    • 1,398 suicides occurred during 2014-2018, 80.5% were male and 72.9% were white or caucasian
    • 19.7 is the average age of suicide

Services will be provided across 25 different counties in western North Carolina: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yancey.

Are you an App State alumni interested in Public Health AmeriCorps? 
Visit our Public Health AmeriCorps App State Alumni website (requires Google login)!

$1 million grant funds App State’s Public Health AmeriCorps program

$1 million grant funds App State’s Public Health AmeriCorps program

Fueled by a three-year, $1 million grant, Appalachian State University is implementing a Public Health AmeriCorps program to enhance public health preparedness and mental health training, resources and support in 25 rural Western North Carolina counties.

AmeriCorps is a federal agency that brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. Public Health AmeriCorps is a new initiative made possible through a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and AmeriCorps, with funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. The program supports efforts to build a strong and diverse workforce that is ready to respond to the nation’s public health needs. Read more.

Appalachian State Public Health

AmeriCorps North Carolina

The Public Health AmeriCorps program is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service in the Office of Governor Roy Cooper.

Public Health AmeriCorps Handbook
Google Document

Learn more about the background, mission and goals of App State's Public Health AmeriCorps, as well as how to become a member or volunteer.

Service and Gap Year Programs for Students
Career Development Center

Explore service year options after graduation, including opportunities with AmeriCorps programs.

Service Postings

Rural Health Engagement Coordinator, Public Health AmeriCorps (Multiple Vacancies)

The Public Health AmeriCorps program provides opportunities for people to make an intensive commitment to service. There are many opportunities for AmeriCorps service in North Carolina, and across the country throughout the year. These are great experiences for new and upcoming graduates to consider!

As a Public Health AmeriCorps member, you can gain new skills and experiences and you’ll also find tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others. In addition, members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award as outlined here, to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans; members who serve part-time receive a partial Award. Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a living allowance during their term of service.

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App State Public Health AmeriCorps Members

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Em Baker

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Ashlyn Bartlett

Zoe Bestmann-Smith

Zoe Bestmann-Smith

Riley Butler

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Lauren Elliott

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Fin Findley

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Lucille Gould

Svea Hulstedt

Taylor Lewis

Natalie Maron

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Grace Martone

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Lauren Maske

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Sam McNeill

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Arianna Moore

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Lily Nilo

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Karen Perez

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Kira Plummer

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Brooke Stewart

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Sarah Teague

Ciliza Thang Tlang

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Salma Treish

Lydia Waddell

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Phoebe Warren

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Andrew Wear

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Annie Wolf