The JCU AmeriCorps CRUSH program establishes and delivers a service-learning based curriculum to Ohio students in under-resourced school districts to provide academic and career skill support necessary for students to obtain a sustainable career in the healthcare industry, a growing Ohio career opportunity.
CRUSH students identify a health issue in their community and develop a project that brings awareness to the issue. CRUSH serves schools and communities statewide in Northeast, Central, Southeast, and Southwest Ohio.
The JCU Community Health Worker track gives members the opportunity to screen patients in local hospital settings and connect them to resources that meet their social determinant of health needs. In some hospital settings, members track common needs trends and develop community-wide programming to address that particular need. In addition, members connect with local youth to deliver resources first hand that align with their hospital settings, as well as conduct health-based summer programming.
In 2021, the JCU AmeriCorps CRUSH leadership team formed a partnership with the JCU Department of Counseling in order to better address mental health needs faced by the students and local communities served. With this new track, AmeriCorps members will have the opportunity to better hone their mental health training by starting the journey for Chemical Dependency Counselors Assistant certification. Members will still receive Community Health Worker Certification through the Ohio Board of Nursing, and will leverage the training with agency experience in order to address the mental health needs of students and community members statewide. Agency support will also provide specific training to address treatment plans for individuals in recovery, addressing their Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and connecting them to local resources in order to alleviate barriers to recovery. This mental health track is aligned for 10 full time members.
Boys Hope Girls Hope
Dayton Children’s Hospital
Crossroads Health Center
Rocking Horse Community Health Center
Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine
Ohio Department of Health
United Black Fund
Health Path Foundation of Ohio
These amounts can vary year-to-year, but the stipend amounts for 2022 are:
Start by submitting a cover letter and resume to Anita Iveljic, Director of AmeriCorps, at Aiveljic@jcu.edu
Rolling applications for both full time and part time positions are always being accepted.
Positions run on an August to July duration.
Note: JCU current undergraduates with an existing on campus position are ineligible.
Minimum Qualifications Include:
18 years of age or older
U.S. Citizen or Green Card Holder