March: AmeriCorps Healthy Futures Month

064 americorps_20yearsWhat does a healthy future look like? What does a healthy community look like? Twenty-three North Florida Health Corps AmeriCorps members answer those questions every day as they serve at various agencies throughout the region, providing health education, access to care and screening services.

March is “Healthy Futures” Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments and service of AmeriCorps members who have committed their time to improve the communities they serve in.  The month is part of AmeriCorps’ 20th anniversary.

The NFHC and other National Health Corps programs focus on increasing access to health care; promoting health and wellness; reducing health care costs by helping people connect with services, programs and medical homes that keep them out of emergency rooms and helping members gain the skills and knowledge that inform their path towards careers as new healthcare professionals and leaders.

Members of the 2013-104 Corps have served more than 19,000 hours in the North Florida community since they began in September. Members serve at host sites throughout the region, in addition to monthly group service projects, monthly in-service meetings, training coalitions and committees.