AmeriCorps: Integrating Health and Social Care at Rush

We are currently accepting applications for full time AmeriCorps service members
to start in October 2019 at Rush University Medical Center,
in partnership with the University of Chicago’s C4P AmeriCorps program

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a national service program that involves people in “getting things done” in communities. AmeriCorps members develop an ethic of service while strengthening local communities. Each year in Illinois, thousands of AmeriCorps members give millions of dollars in service back to their communities. For up-to-date information on the impact on our state, visit AmeriCorps.gov.

Serve Illinois administers 45 AmeriCorps State programs in operation for the 2018-2019 program year and over 1,800 Members committing to a year of service. These Members serve 70+ counties in over 400 host sites.

Why Rush, and what is C4P?

Rush University Medical Center is a large integrated academic medical center that serves patients and community members on the west side of Chicago. Rush has several care management and community engagement initiatives seek to provide whole-person health care to Rush patients, families, and community members, including a social determinant of health initiative that screens individuals for unmet social and economic needs, and provides follow-up resources and care management.

Rush is proud to partner with The Comprehensive Care, Community and Culture Program (C4P) at the University of Chicago, which hosts up to 13 full time AmeriCorps members across all of its participating service sites in 2019-20. Rush is a satellite host site under this program, with three AmeriCorps members hosted at Rush in 2019-20.  The Rush members will participate in Rush initiatives that are aligned with but have distinct protocol from the University of Chicago’s C4P program. This page is specifically about the opportunity to serve in the C4P AmeriCorps at Rush; to learn about C4P’s other AmeriCorps opportunities, please visit their website here.

Where will I serve and what will I do as an AmeriCorps member?

We are currently accepting applications to serve at Rush University Medical Center’s Chicago campus on the near west side of Chicago. Members will occasionally travel to the University of Chicago for training activities, although no car is required for this position.

AmeriCorps members will be responsible for extending the reach of Rush’s program to impact patient experience with care and health outcomes, lower hospitalization rates, and resolve unmet social needs for participants. The roles will provide AmeriCorps members with diverse learning experiences: program implementation, direct work with clients, working as part of interprofessional care team, and program evaluation.

The Rush AmeriCorps members will assist with several tasks related to identifying and supporting social determinants of health needs:

  1. Conduct social determinant of health screenings within Rush primary care practices

  2. Conduct proactive outreach with and complete social determinant of health screens with Medicare beneficiaries based on risk score

  3. Utilize electronic health record (EPIC) and a social service referral platform (NowPow) to track screening responses and initiate navigation of resources in collaboration with interprofessional health care teams

  4. Conduct follow-up screens and provide light navigation for patients previously screened from primary care, the emergency department, inpatient, and the community

  5. Provide ad hoc support for community initiatives and health promotion workshops put on by Rush Generations

  6. Attend professional development opportunities within Rush

What are the program requirements?

To be eligible to serve as an AmeriCorps member, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older; we encourage older adults too!

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident

  • Some college experience is preferred, although individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent are welcome to apply

  • We strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds

As a member, you will:

  • Complete at least 1700 hours of service (42.5 hours per week, inclusive of lunch break) over 10-12 months

  • Participate in professional development opportunities

  • Receive regular supervision from a field supervisor

  • Participate in three days of service in the community for Veteran’s Day, MLK Jr. Day, and AmeriCorps Week

  • Attend an AmeriCorps Service Recognition Day in Springfield

What are the benefits of being a member?

Full time members beginning their service fall 2019 or later will receive:

  • A living allowance of $15,400 over the course of your year of service. Pay is disbursed biweekly.

  • A Segal Education grant in the amount of $6,095 that can be applied to student tuition or loans within seven years of completing your year of service. If you are older than 55 at the time of service, you can give the education grant to a child or grandchild.

  • An opportunity to enroll in a health insurance plan

  • Child care benefits for qualifying individuals

  • Professional and career development opportunities

  • The opportunity to attend workshops, seminars, and trainings at the University of Chicago

  • Gain experience and knowledge of the research process, the health care system, and social services

How do I apply?

To apply this position, please submit this application: Rush University Medical Center Site AmeriCorps position application

As part of this application, you will be asked to submit:

  1. A resume

  2. A cover letter or statement describing your interest in this AmeriCorps opportunity

Select candidates will be invited to interview over the phone or in person.

Contact

Rachel Smith
Program Manager, Social Determinants of Health
Rush University Medical Center
Rachel_Smith@rush.edu
312.942.1714

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