MPCA AmeriCorps Program Receives ARRA Funds

The MPCA Community HealthCorps Program has been approved for $193,346 in stimulus funds. This will add one additional staff member and 15 new AmeriCorps members to the MPCA program. These new members are expected to serve approximately 42,000 additional Michigan residents by providing health education,  including information on health insurance, health care access, and health benefits programs. Ten members are expected to be placed regionally at new locations, while 5 members will supplement the health education efforts at existing locations.

Governor Granholm announced in March that Michigan would receive over $966,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for Michigan’s AmeriCorps programs, allowing Michigan organizations to create service opportunities for 76 additional AmeriCorps members. Michigan’s AmeriCorps members help Michigan residents access health care, find adequate housing, provide environment education, mentor students, and more.

The MPCA Community HealthCorps program submitted a competitive grant application and John Taylor, our AmeriCorps Program Director, was excited to receive notice this week of the grant award from Senator Debbie Stabenow’s office. “This is a great opportunity to collaborate regionally with new and existing partners, while providing individuals with the opportunity to serve their communities by building a healthier Michigan,” said Taylor.

An RFP will be available beginning the week of May 18, 2009, for organizations interested in having an AmeriCorps member serve at their site.  Please contact John Taylor at 517-381-8000 x 229 or jtaylor@mpca.net for more details.

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