The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, Inc. (THFGI) has received approval for an AmeriCorps program from Serve Indiana, Indiana Commission for AmeriCorps as part of the Department of Workforce Development, that will consist of 10 members who will be trained to meet the needs of underserved communities by addressing social determinants of health and HIV-specific best practice at 7-10 nonprofit organizations in Indiana. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for contributing to an increased capacity to respond to the HIV Epidemic. This program will focus on the CNCS focus area of Healthy Futures.
The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, Inc. previously managed over 100 AmeriCorps members who successfully completed their training and service year, through a CNCS Direct program with an HIV specific training model. Our AmeriCorps members were developed as living grants, reciprocally invested in, and supported by the community. The success of our program has been evidenced by the subsequent achievements of both the host agencies and members themselves. Approximately 60% of our previous members are continuing to work in public health. Four have gone on to become medical doctors. Roughly twenty have achieved a graduate degree in their respective focus areas. The field of public health has greatly benefited through investment in future leaders.
New HIV infection rates have generally remained the same despite countless efforts to prevent and treat HIV. African-American and Latino communities have been experiencing more disproportionate new infections than their counterparts from earlier years in the epidemic, as well as a higher mortality rate related to having an AIDS diagnosis. The state of Indiana has experienced the largest rural outbreak in US history of HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV), only a few years ago and experts in the field are constantly working to curtail the next epidemic. Marion County was identified as one of the 48 counties nationwide to receive funding to respond to the call to End the HIV Epidemic. There is a national effort currently underway to develop a plan to end the HIV Epidemic by 2030 through strategic efforts of local health departments and planning bodies. There is a need to adequately equip skilled, competent, innovative leaders to support this plan.
For information on this program, please contact: Ebony Barney, Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is made possible through a partnership between US Corporation for National and Community Service, Department of Workforce Development: Serve Indiana, The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, Inc. and various Service Sites