AmeriCorps & C4P

We are accepting applications for full time positions starting in October or November for two sites: University of Chicago Medical Center and Ingalls Memorial Hospital.

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 Mem​bers committing to a year of service. These Members serve 70+ counties in over 400 host sites.

What is C4P?

The Comprehensive Care, Community and Culture Program (C4P) aims to improve the overall health and well-being of patients in the program by addressing a wide range of medical and social needs. The C4P program builds off of the Comprehensive Care Physician Program, which offers patients at high risk of hospitalization a comprehensive care physician (CCP) who cares for them in both the hospital and the clinic. In addition to receiving care from a CCP, C4P patients are regularly asked about a range of unmet social needs and given access to a community health worker and community-based arts and culture programming. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has funded a randomized trial of C4P at the University of Chicago.

The CCP and C4P Programs are currently being expanded to and studied within new health care settings, including community hospitals like Ingalls Memorial Hospital.

The Comprehensive Care, Community and Culture Program (C4P) is proud to be an Illinois State AmeriCorps program. C4P will host up to 13 full time members across all of its participating service sites in 2019-20.

Where will I serve as a C4P AmeriCorps member?

We are currently accepting applications for two sites:

  • University of Chicago Medical Center (Hyde Park campus). A car is not required to serve at this site.
  • Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Illinois. A car is required to serve at this site.

Applicants may apply to both sites but they must submit a separate application to both application portals (see below for more information).

Members based at Ingalls Memorial Hospital will spend 1-2 months at the University of Chicago for training at the beginning of their service and will come to Hyde Park for professional development activities throughout their service term.

What will I do as an AmeriCorps member with C4P?

AmeriCorps members will be responsible for extending the reach of the C4P program to impact patient experience with care and health outcomes, lower hospitalization rates, and resolve unmet social needs for participants. Program activities may vary based on programmatic needs and the needs of the service site.

At the University of Chicago Medical Center, AmeriCorps members will:

  1. Recruit Medicare patients of diverse ages who are at increased risk of hospitalization for the C4P program, which is designed to serve their medical and social needs
  2. Help evaluate the effects of the C4P program and conduct three month follow up phone calls with participants
  3. Leverage volunteers to help recruit participants and evaluate the C4P program
  4. Assess hospitalized patients for unmet medical and social needs
  5. Serve as community resources specialists and help implement community-based arts and culture programming

At Ingalls Memorial Hospital, AmeriCorps members will:

  1. Help launch a new C4P program and related research study
  2. Recruit patients of diverse ages who are at increased risk of hospitalization for C4P at Ingalls
  3. Help evaluate the effects of the C4P program and conduct three month follow up phone calls with participants
  4. Assess hospitalized patients for unmet medical and social needs
  5. Support C4P at Ingalls to address a range of social barriers for patients

 What are the program requirements?

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

  • Be 18 years or older. We encourage adults over 55 years old to apply 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
  • Members who serve at Ingalls Memorial Hospital must have a car.

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 in September 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

Although we are predominantly recruiting for full-time positions, we may also have part-time positions available on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Kelsey Bogue at kbogue@bsd.uchicago.edu to learn more. 

How do I apply?

To apply to positions at both University of Chicago and Ingalls, you must submit a separate application through each of the application portals linked below.

You will be asked to submit:

  1. A resume
  2. A cover letter or statement describing your interest in the C4P AmeriCorps Program

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

Contact

Kelsey Bogue
Associate Director of Training and Communications
Center for Health and the Social Sciences (CHeSS), UChicago
Kbogue@bsd.uchicago.edu
773-702-4401

 

The C4P AmeriCorps program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and Serve Illinois.