Program Spotlight: Chicago Health Corps Pre-Service Orientation

PHIMC serves as the operating site for Chicago Health Corps (CHC), a National Health Corps AmeriCorps program. PHIMC welcomes 20 new CHC members for the 2015-2016 service term which began in August. Each year, CHC strives to develop compassionate health leaders that value the importance of connecting those who need it most with health and wellness education, benefits, and services.

Members begin their 10.5-month service term with CHC program staff in a week-long Pre-Service Orientation (PSO). PSO provides an opportunity for members to establish a strong network of peer support for the service term. Orientation also sets the tone for a collective commitment to personal and professional growth throughout the service term that will be supported by various program components. Training and workshops represent key components through which program staff help members hone skills for initiating and maintaining strong partnerships with their host sites and the communities in which they serve. In alignment with AmeriCorps’ core value to promote service, members ended PSO with a day of harvesting and garden maintenance at a CHC favorite: Ginkgo Organic Garden.

“PSO helped build a strong foundation between all of the members. That is helpful because there are three other members at the same health center. Getting to know other members has already jumpstarted the process of doing group work and collaborating on projects together.” –Lacey Johnson, 2015-2016 Member serving Erie Family Health Center in Lakeview

“Undergoing cultural competency training was very helpful in understanding the community I will be serving.” –Hansika Narayanan, 2015-2016 Member serving Erie Family Health Center in Clemente