National Health Corps Florida is an AmeriCorps program that provides service opportunities to help meet unmet health care and health education needs in the region. The Healthy Start Coalition has handled the administrative and fiscal responsibilities of the program since August 2013.
National Health Corps Florida is one of four sites under the umbrella of the National Health Corps, an AmeriCorps National Direct program whose mission is to foster healthy communities by connecting those who need it most with health and wellness education, benefits and services, while developing tomorrow’s compassionate health leaders.
Members help build healthy communities by providing two main services:
- Educating kids and adults about disease prevention and management and overall wellness that gives them the knowledge and skills they need to make smart choices about their health.
- Providing and connecting kids and adults with health and social services in their communities that help them lead healthier lives.
The National Health Corps Florida program first launched in 2004 with support from local community agencies, including the Coalition. The program has previously been administered by the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida and, most recently, the Duval County Health Department Maternal & Child Health Division.
NFHC AmeriCorps members serve 46 weeks in health care or public health settings throughout the First Coast, fulfilling unmet health care needs and decreasing disparities. The 23 members live and serve primarily in Jacksonville, Florida. Host sites and services are located in Jacksonville and adjacent counties (Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns).
National Health Corps Florida at the Coalition
Since 2005, the Coalition has been able to expand and create new initiatives through a partnership with the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program. Members serving at the Coalition assist with a variety of initiatives.