April 06, 2022

Gillibrand Announces Over $7 Million In Federal Funding For Public Health Americorps Projects In New York State

Projects Will Employ 275 Public Health AmeriCorps Members in New York City, Rochester, and Broome County

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $7,082,762 in federal funding for seven Public Health AmeriCorps projects in New York State. Public Health AmeriCorps is a joint initiative between AmeriCorps and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that was established in the American Rescue Plan in order to support the recruitment, training, and development of young public health leaders. The funding will support 275 new Public Health AmeriCorps members in New York who will work to meet a variety of public health needs in local communities, including COVID-19 response and recovery services, family health education, and care management services.

Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has put our health care system and providers in desperate need of reinforcements,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This federal funding is a critical investment in the next generation of public health leaders. Public Health AmeriCorps members will serve on the front lines to provide low-income communities with improved access to health education and care and provide surge capacity as we continue to battle the pandemic. I’m proud to have fought to pass the American Rescue Plan, which provided the funding to make this project possible, and I’ll keep fighting to ensure that New York is prepared for future health crises.” 

This funding was secured through Senator Gillibrand’s public workforce package included in the American Rescue Plan, which contained over $7 billion to recruit and hire public health workers to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for future public health needs. This included $400 million to launch a new public health workforce program, Public Health AmeriCorps, jointly through the CDC and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

More details about funding recipients and projects below:

Recipient

Amount

City

AmeriCorps Members

Project

Public Health Solutions

$115,189

New York

4

Provide needs assessments and navigation services to low-income families in underserved areas of Queens, New York

Community Health Care Association of NYS

$2,600,000

New York

101

Provide family health education and care management services to individuals in Community Health Centers (CHCs) across New York State

New York City Office of the Mayor

$2,246,000

New York

80

Perform public health-related direct service and capacity-building activities in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments and with nonprofit partners

Ronald McDonald House New York

$115,000

New York

4

Build the infrastructure needed to advance health equity outcomes for underserved medically complex children and their families receiving care at public and safety-net hospitals in New York City

Concrete Safaris Inc.

$687,696

New York

24

Conduct environmental health literacy and place-based service-learning interventions and refer participants for medical and wrap-around services in East Harlem

Rural Health Network of South Central New York

$684,377

Binghamton

40 

Provide health access services and increase capacity in upstate New York counties, primarily the rural Southern Tier

City of Rochester

$634,300

Rochester

22

Provide COVID-19 response and recovery services, assist in establishing neighborhood preventative health clinics, facilitate youth mentoring and trainings in public health and mental health education and awareness within high-poverty, urban and marginalized neighborhoods in Rochester