White House Announces $400 Million for Public Health AmeriCorps

As part of a $7 billion investment in the public health workforce, the Biden-Harris Administration has announced Public Health AmeriCorps, which will support the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders who will be ready to respond to the nation’s public health needs.

Public Health AmeriCorps is a joint effort between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteering and national service, and will build on the expertise, best practices, and lessons learned from existing AmeriCorps and other public health programs. The program will help meet public health needs of local communities by providing much-needed surge capacity for state and local public health agencies and develop pathways to public health-related careers through on-site experience and training with a focus on recruiting AmeriCorps members who reflect the communities in which they will serve.

Supported by a $400 million investment from the American Rescue Plan, the project is anticipated to fund up to 5,000 AmeriCorps positions over the next five years. Grants will be awarded through a competitive process, with the first competition expected in fall of 2021.

During the past ten years, we at America Learns have been providing public health-focused AmeriCorps programs with the tools they need to track client and patient outcomes while staying compliant with all AmeriCorps regulations.  We’re looking forward to serving programs funded under this new effort!