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2023-24 Rural Health Engagement Coordinator, Public Health AmeriCorps (Multiple Vacancies)

Appalachian State University
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 15, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
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Employment Type
Full Time

2023-24 Rural Health Engagement Coordinator, Public Health AmeriCorps (Multiple Vacancies)

Department: Institute for Health & Human Srvcs - 273600

Minimum Qualifications
  • Minimum age of 18 years old or 17 years old with parental permission
  • High School Degree/Bachelor’s degree
  • Strong interest in public health
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Criminal background check
  • Must be a United States of America citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Flexibility to adapt to both site-based and remote working environments

License/Certification Required

Essential Job Functions
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.
Appalachian State University’s Mission Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens who understand their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. Our location in the distinctive Appalachian mountain town of Boone, North Carolina, profoundly shapes who we are. As a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, we fulfill our core academic missions of teaching, scholarship, and service in ways that honor our geography and heritage.
We bring people together in inspiring ways. The transformational Appalachian experience develops individuals who are eager to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, to embrace diversity and difference, and to become contributing members of society.
We create rich environments where students can thrive. Our students are educated broadly and are simultaneously equipped with strong disciplinary knowledge. Academic learning occurs in a wide range of undergraduate, selected masters and intermediate programs, and the doctorate in Education offered on campus, at off campus sites, and online.
Faculty and students engage in research and scholarship that advance knowledge and address the problems of our region, state, and world through creativity and innovation. Learning takes place within formal and informal instructional settings with dedicated faculty members, in co curricular programs that enrich classroom experience, in interdisciplinary educational formats, and through outreach to the local community and beyond. Appalachian cultivates diverse and vibrant arts that enrich the cultural and intellectual climate of the campus and region.
We promote a spirit of inclusion that inspires students, faculty, and staff to form relationships extending well beyond graduation. Our students think critically, communicate effectively, make local to global connections, and understand the responsibilities of community engagement. We embrace our obligation to help create healthy, just, and sustainable societies by equipping our students to live with knowledge, compassion, dedication, humility, and dignity.
Program DescriptionAppalachian State University is excited to host the Public Health AmeriCorps project in the Appalachian region of western North Carolina. The goals of the project are (1) to recruit, train, and develop new generations of public health leaders ready to respond to public health needs through public health service and capacity building in North Carolina’s rural Appalachian communities. Help meet public health needs of the North Carolina rural Appalachian communities by providing needed capacity and support to local public health preparedness settings in collaboration with state and regional partners, to advance more equitable health outcomes for communities who are currently and historically underserved; (2) provide pathways to good quality public health-related careers by providing exposure through onsite experience, training, and more, with a focus on recruiting PH AmeriCorps members who reflect the communities in which they will serve. The project will to have 15 PH AmeriCorps members who will be (1) leading the dissemination and implementation of Psychological First Aid (PFA) interventions to communities, organizations, and professionals; (2) recruiting and retaining Medical Reserve Corps Members to implement and sustain the PFA interventions; and (3) delivering pre and post emergency/trauma RAPID-PFA interventions to organizations including local health departments, long-term care facilities, and hospitals. At the end of the first program year, the PHAmeriCorps members will be responsible for (1) the number of organizations that increased their effectiveness, efficiency, and/or program scale and reach in delivery and implementation of PFA (measured through pre-post assessments); (2) number of individuals with increased PFA knowledge (measured through pre-post assessments); (3) number of individuals reporting a change in behavior or intent to change behavior to improve their health using PFA (measured through pre-post assessments and interviews). After their year of service, PHAC members will pursue future engagement in the public health sector.
  • Living Stipend Provided to Full-time Members
  • Health Insurance Provided to Full-time Members
  • Education Award
  • Child care benefits for those who are eligible
  • Travel reimbursement specifically related to program activities (additional details in the PHA Handbook)
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Member Assistance Program, which includes:
    • 24/7 unlimited telephonic counseling services
      • Text/Chat Counseling & Coaching
      • Video Counseling & Coaching

    • Up to six face-to-face counseling sessions
    • Medical Advocacy
    • Life Coaching
    • Personal Concierge for Everyday Needs
    • Work/Life Resources & Referrals
    • Legal and Financial Assistance (30-minute free consultations)
  • AmeriCorps partners with more than 300 colleges and universities to offer benefits to AmeriCorps alumni. Five of these schools—Washington University, Emory University, University of Pittsburgh, Case Western Reserve University, and Thomas Jefferson University—offer AmeriCorps scholarships specifically for public health-related programs!

What Can This Do For You?
  • Provide a gateway to the public health profession
  • Continuous education and training
  • Practice based experience in rural health
  • Public health preparedness leadership
  • Community health experience

  • Appalachian State University aims to recruit and engage with underrepresented populations in the Appalachian region.
  • The project aims to recruit 12 Member Service Years:
    • Full-time, Three Quarter-time, Half-time, and Reduced Half-time PH AmeriCorps Member Slots available:
      • Regional Team Lead
        • Provides support and leadership for the overall team
        • Liason to the Project Director
      • Implementation Team Lead and Specialists
        • Coordinate logistics to provide PFA training in NW NC communities
        • Plan and execute train the trainer events
        • Support and deliver PFA training
        • Book locations, register participants, and market training of PFA
      • Evaluation Team Lead and Specialists
        • Develop a data collection strategy to report, measure, and document impact
        • Finalize evaluation for PHA
        • Collect data on PHA activities
        • Analyze data from PHA activities
      • MRC Team Lead and Specialists
        • Develop a program plan to establish an MRC at Appalachian
        • Recruit MRC participants
        • Train MRC volunteers
      • Communication Team Lead and Specialists
        • Lead point of contact for all communication activities
        • Develop content for communication (i.e. social media posts, press releases)
    • Quarter-time PH AmeriCorps Member Fellows
      • Become a Public Health Preparedness Fellow
      • Complete internship hours as a member
      • Assist other members with preparation, outreach, and training

Immediate Supervisor & Contact Information: Jennifer Schroeder Tyson,
Service Position Summary
  • Essential Functions of Position (all basic duties that must be performed with or without reasonable accommodations)

Commitment Required
  • Members will complete various hours of service over the course of 11 months
  • Member hours commitment are dependent upon the position
  • Members will be expected to work a schedule that is agreed upon between both the program director and the member. Some weekend and evening service could be required

Necessary criminal history background checks Members must agree to conduct - National Sex Offender check, State criminal check, and FBI check and notification that selection for service in the AmeriCorps program is contingent upon the organization’s review of the NSCHC component results
Appalachian State University complies with the Equal Employment Opportunity Council and American with Disabilities Act, which means that Appalachian State University will not discriminate against a member on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, nor political affiliation.
Reasonable accommodations can be made for interviews and service. Please make these requests in writing to
Submit the following materials through AppState’s HR Portal:
  • Cover Letter (Please indicate which member commitment you are applying for. If you are applying for a full time position, please indicate which specialist role you would like to fill and why you would flourish in that role)
  • Resume/CV

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently of direct supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to plan work efforts to achieve and document project goals
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a diverse educational environment
  • Excellent communications, organizational and problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail and excellent quantitative and record-keeping skills
  • Flexibility, creativity, independence, accountability, and reliability
  • Proficiency with Excel, MS Word, and relational databases
  • Educational outreach to communities from diverse backgrounds
  • Public health work

Work Schedule/Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Anticipated Hiring Range:
Closing Date:

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Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.


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