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What is the Colorado Healthcare Corps?

In partnership with the state of Colorado and Serve Colorado, CRC’s Colorado Healthcare Corps (CHC) is a collaborative, innovative AmeriCorps program providing urgently needed capacity to healthcare facilities, which  are experiencing a historic shortage of skilled workers. 

AmeriCorps is a national service program designed to address community needs. In this project, selected applicants, called AmeriCorps members, will commit to 25 weeks of full time, paid service in healthcare facilities throughout the state of Colorado. The program will address facility staffing needs while providing members with on-the-job training and a pathway to high-demand careers in the healthcare industry for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. CRC will recruit and place up to 150 CHC members who are entering or reentering the healthcare field to serve in understaffed roles such as certified nursing aides (CNA), qualified medication administration personnel (QMAP), medical assistants (MA) or other non-medical support services. 

What is CRC looking for in a host site?

  • Willingness to host at least two AmeriCorps members with or without a clinical certification in direct patient care roles
    • Preference given to host sites able to provide on the job training toward QMAP, CNA, and/or MA certification
  • Ability to support the member by identifying a direct supervisor, as well as a collaborative support structure 
  • Capacity to maintain an open line of communication with CRC program staff 
  • Full organizational commitment to an 25-week project
  • Ability to pay a recruitment administration fee of up to $2,000/AmeriCorps member placed

What are the benefits of becoming a host site?

  • CRC/AmeriCorps pays all member benefits 
  • AmeriCorps members commit to serving for 40 hours/week for 25 weeks. AmeriCorps members in the CHC serve in direct patient care roles (CNA, MA, QMAP, Patient Care Aide, etc)
  • CRC supports AmeriCorps member recruitment, application review, and interviews
  • CRC collaborates with host sites on AmeriCorps member management 
  • CRC provides regular professional development opportunities for AmeriCorps members and host site staff
  • Host sites can hire AmeriCorps members after they have completed their service commitment

What types of facilities can host members?

Host sites for this project can be in both urban and rural communities and include nonprofit hospitals, clinics, residential care facilities, senior centers, adult day centers, retirement homes and other facilities that provide critical support to the community. Host sites will be recruited based on the location of member applicants as well as the host site’s capacity to support AmeriCorps members and collaborate with CRC.

What is the application process?

  • Interested host sites can APPLY HERE
  • A follow up conversation will be scheduled with prospective host sites once candidates have been identified in your region
  • Selected host sites will sign an MOU agreement with CRC 
  • Host sites will follow CRC’s AmeriCorps member recruitment, onboarding, and orientation processes
  • AmeriCorps Member Supervisors will attend a host site supervisor training