AmeriCorps & C4P

We are now accepting applications for positions for the 2021-22 year. We have open positions that are 20, 30, or 40 hours per week for 10.5 months beginning throughout the fall, during September, October, and November. We will also have positions starting in January 2022. Contact us to learn more about what types of positions may be available!

Below are the position descriptions for positions at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) and Ingalls Memorial Hospital. Click here for more information about positions at Rush University Medical Center and click here for more information about UCMC Vitamin D Research Community Outreach Positions.

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 2021-22 program year and over 1,800 Members 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 Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) 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 17 full time members across all of its participating service sites in 2021-22.

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 typically come to UChicago for service activities 1-2 days per week during the 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 specialist and help implement community-based arts and culture programming
  6. Support community outreach activities related to Vitamin D, COVID-19, and overall health 

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
  6. Support community outreach activities related to Vitamin D, COVID-19, and overall health 

What are the program eligibility 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 permanent resident
  • Some college experience is preferred, although individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent are welcome to apply
  • Members who serve at UChicago Medical Center may be required to work some evening or weekend hours.
  • Members who serve at Ingalls Memorial Hospital must have a car.

What are the expectations and benefits of being a member?

Below are the details for positions requiring 40 hours per week over 10-11 months, or 1700 hours of service.  Positions that are 20 or 30 hours per week are also available; stipends and educational awards are prorated accordingly. Please contact us to discuss!

As a member, you will:

  • Complete at least 1700 hours of service (40 hours per week) over 10-11 months, for full time members.  Some evening and weekend hours are required.
  • Receive a living allowance of $16,900 over the course of your year of service. Pay is disbursed biweekly.
  • Earn a Segal Education grant in the amount of $6,345 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, including dental and vision, if not already covered.
  • Eligibility to apply for loan forbearance and interest accrual payments through AmeriCorps
  • 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.

How is the C4P AmeriCorps member experience impacted by COVID-19?

Although in person engagement is critical to the work we do, we also prioritize safety of our members. New members who join us in the fall of the 2021-22 academic year should anticipate completing their service predominantly in person; however, individuals who, due to individual risk, are interested in completing some of their service remotely should contact us to discuss. Our program follows local and institution-wide guidance regarding masking and social distancing, and we thank members in advance for their flexibility if a transition to teleservice is required at some point during the program year.

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

 

Non-Discrimination Statement

The University of Chicago, the C4P AmeriCorps Program, and its host sites do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law (including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972). Read the full statement and learn more here.

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