Public Health AmeriCorps

The mission of App State's Public Health AmeriCorps is to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteerism.

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 around 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 occured 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, Ruthe.

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.

App State Public Health AmeriCorps Members

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Em Baker

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Abby Cope

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Lauren Elliott

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Aidan Estes

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Michael Goins

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Lucille Gould

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Samantha McNeill

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Karen Perez

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Kira Plummer

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Matthew Schram

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Damon Scott

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Mary Haven Tillman

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Salma Treish

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Phoebe Warren