FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Amy Simmons
While we are disappointed with the recent decision by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) not to renew funding for the Community HealthCorps program, we recognize that it is a nationally competitive process. The record is clear – this important program, built on volunteer service and building healthier communities, has produced solid results for the country for over two decades. Each year an average of 240,000 health center patients, seniors, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable people all across America gained access to healthcare and other community services as a result of the work of HealthCorps volunteers.
Also, at a time when the nation desperately needs to build a dedicated healthcare workforce to meet growing needs, the Community HealthCorps program has served as a major motivator and early training ground for thousands of young people to continue to give back to their communities. Not only has 60% of Community HealthCorps alumni gone on to pursue graduate school and/or work in the health field post-service, many have chosen to return to and serve in communities where they are needed most.
NACHC remains proud of the Community HealthCorps program’s longstanding record of achievement and its legacy of commitment and service to the nation.