AmeriCorps & C4P

We are accepting applications for full and half time positions starting in August 2019, although we will not begin interviewing until Spring 2019.

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 Comprehensive Care, Community and Culture Program (C4P) is proud to be an Illinois State AmeriCorps program. C4P typically has around 8 full time members and 4 half-time members per year.

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. AmeriCorps members will be based at the University of Chicago Medical Center or Ingalls Memorial Hospital and will:

  1. Assess hospitalized patients for unmet medical and social needs
  2. Directly serve these patients as community resources specialists and through the implementation of community-based arts and culture programming,
  3. 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,
  4. Help evaluate the effects of the C4P program
  5. Leverage volunteers to help recruit participants and evaluate the C4P program

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

As a member, you will:

  • Complete 1700 hours of service (40 hours per week, full time) or 900 hours of service (25 hours per week, half time) over 10-12 months*
    *Half time members also have the option of completing service hours within 5-6 months if they work 40 hours per week
  • 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:

  • You will receive a living allowance of $14,520 over the course of your year of service. Pay is disbursed biweekly.
  • A Segal Education grant in the amount of $5,920 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.
  • Health insurance
  • Child care benefits for qualifying individuals
  • Professional and career development opportunities
  • The opportunity to complete a certificate program from the University of Chicago
  • Gain experience and knowledge of the research process, the health care system, and social services

Half time members:

  • You will receive a living allowance of $7,260 over the course of your year of service. Pay is disbursed biweekly.
  • A Segal Education grant in the amount of $2,960 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.
  • Professional and career development opportunities
  • The opportunity to complete a certificate program from the University of Chicago
  • Gain experience and knowledge of the research process, the health care system, and social services

How do I apply?

You should apply through the online portal found here.

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