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About AmeriCorps

What Is IPHA AmeriCorps?

The Illinois Public Health AmeriCorps Program serves as a valuable link in building a strong public health workforce in Illinois - a core component of the Association’s mission. This opportunity to mentor individuals into the field of public health and human services is a logical and appropriate role for the Association. Those members recruited for the program will receive extensive orientation, mentoring, and guidance in exploring the public health field as a career – and potentially working within Illinois communities.

Our Mission

To strengthen the field of public health through the development of skilled and committed leaders.

Our Goals

  • Support local public health activities
  • Promote community awareness
  • Engage volunteers


Since 1994, more than 75,000 men and women have served each year in AmeriCorps, providing needed assistance to millions of Americans to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, homeland security, and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve through nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations, helping to build a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility.

After successful completion of their term of service, AmeriCorps members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used to pay for college or graduate school at Title IV schools, or to repay qualified student loans. Fulltime AmeriCorps members also receive a modest living allowance, health care benefits, and child care assistance.

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Corporation for National and Community Service

In 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) was established. The CNCS was created to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation. It merged the work and staffs of two predecessor agencies, ACTION and the Commission on National and Community Service.

At its inception, CNCS was directed to manage three main programs:

  • The newly created Senior Corps, which incorporated the longstanding Foster Grandparents, RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), and Senior Companion programs;
  • The newly created AmeriCorps, which incorporated the longstanding VISTA, the new National Civilian Community Corps programs, and the full-time demonstration program that had been established under the 1990 Act; and
  • Learn and Serve America, formerly known as Serve America.

The CNCS is part of our nation's history of commitment to building a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility. View a more detailed history of the federal government efforts to support volunteering and community service by visiting