As a VISTA member with our program, you will help build capacity through community outreach and engagement. You will create educational materials about research process/plans and present them throughout the service term. You will also learn about and assist with focus group data collection and analysis. This will be an excellent opportunity to expand on existing knowledge of opioid epidemic and manners through which this can be addressed in rural communities. Applicant should hold a four year degree in health sciences or similar, or four years of relevant work experience, or some combination thereof. The applicant should be self-motivated, possess strong writing skills, and have a passion for increasing access to mental health resources for low-income communities. The applicant should also have experience with project planning and the ability to work within diverse communities.
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior is a tribal community in Cloquet, Minnesota. This project engages community members in identifying existing and untapped sources of local strengths for health promotion. We will organize community-based participatory research that builds upon the Fond du Lac members’ collective experiences and empirical evidence capitalizing on community strengths in an effort to address the social determinants of health in tribal communities. The project team, including the VISTA member, will work closely with a community advisory council to plan, implement, analyze, and interpret results from our planned research. The project’s outcome will identify existing community-level resources that have an immediate impact on local policies and practices that can facilitate reductions in suicide, drug (particularly opioid) abuse and overdose, and that promote healing related to adverse childhood experiences.
AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service to America (VISTA) is a year-long, full-time service commitment. Members perform capacity building projects and work to develop sustainable systems and processes. As a VISTA member within the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, you will be part of a cohort of members in Tribal organizations across the country working on similar projects. AmeriCorps volunteers do not receive a traditional salary, but receive a living allowance to cover basic costs of living. See Program Benefits below.
2) Program Benefits:
Relocation Allowance, Living Allowance (about $1,000 per month), Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Health Coverage*, Childcare assistance if eligible, Training. Permits work during off hours. Permits attending class during off hours. *For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare.