Utah Healthcare Corps
Have you ever helped a family member or friend receive healthcare services? Do your neighbors or friends come to you for help? Are there things harming your community you feel passionate about changing? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," this might be the service opportunity for you. Since 1995, the Utah Healthcare Corps (UHC) has increased access to primary healthcare services for Utahns by reducing economic, geographic, cultural, and language barriers.
The Utah Healthcare Corps, an AmeriCorps program of the Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH), currently supports more than 20 members serving as Community Health Workers (CHWs) in over six sites throughout the state of Utah. UHC CHWs make a difference in the community by providing vital health education and connections to health and social resources to improve patient lives.
This program operates in Salt Lake County, Washington County, and Weber County.
Cynthia O'Connor, AmeriCorps Program Director
How to Apply
Interested candidates should complete the application, or submit a resume and cover letter to the UHC Program Coordinator, Heather Holladay at firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.
The following requirements must be met to be considered for the program:
- At least 18 years of age
- High school diploma or GED
- Pass the necessary program background checks
- Legal Permanent Resident or citizen of the U.S.
- Written and oral fluency in English; bi-lingual in Spanish, Arabic, and/or French desired
- Basic computer skills
- Ability to commit to approximately 33 hours per week for 52 weeks (one year)
- Ability to attend a mandatory 3-5 day virtual orientation
- Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with patients and program stakeholders
- Understanding of, and sensitivity to, the target community
- Good communication skills such as listening, speaking, and writing
- Ability and willingness to provide emotional support, encouragement, and motivation to patients
- Ability to work independently and as part of a group
- Willingness to take initiative and be pro-active in daily work
- Willingness to travel to community-based organizations as needed
Top reasons that members like serving with UHC:
- Gain real world community health experience
- Prepare for a career in healthcare and/or social services
- Make a difference in your community by advocating for and serving the underserved
- Work closely with a team of service-minded individuals
- Earn an education award to support your academic goals
Meet the Program Director & Program coordinator
Cyndi O'Connor is the Utah Healthcare Corps (UHC) Program Director at the Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH), and oversees its 20 members and host sites throughout Utah. Cyndi was born and raised in New Jersey, but relocated to Utah from the Washington D.C. area and joined AUCH and UHC in December 2017. Cyndi has several years of experience in federal and state program and project management, and has overseen and implemented local and international projects for several federal and local government agencies.
Cyndi has a BA and MA in International Politics and International Affairs, respectively, and specialized in the Middle East and North Africa region. Cyndi is passionate about community-based and culturally sensitive approaches to health education and promotion, and enjoys working with community stakeholders to serve Utah’s diverse population. Cyndi is also a certified health coach and fitness instructor, and enjoys bridging her interest in culture, health, and wellness with her skills in management at AUCH through the UHC Program. Her favorite thing about being an AmeriCorps Program Director is watching each members’ service year journey and the growth, confidence, and reflection it creates within each individual.
Heather Holladay is the Utah Healthcare Corps (UHC) Program Coordinator. She is a native Georgian who moved to Utah for the desert and mountains. She has a B.S. in Community Health from Georgia College and has served two AmeriCorps terms as a trail crew member in Colorado and Utah – she was drawn to Utah Healthcare Corps (UHC) because it combined her background in community health and nonprofits + experience with national service. Her favorite thing about being an AmeriCorps program staff member is hearing UHC’s Community Health Workers (CHWs) tell stories about the positive impact they’ve had serving individuals in the community. In her free time, Heather enjoys mountain biking, thrifting, live music, and hanging out with her two bunnies.