Slide 2: America’s Voice for Community Health Care The NACHC Mission
To promote the provision of high quality, comprehensive and affordable health care that is coordinated, culturally and linguistically competent, and community directed for all medically underserved people. Slide 3: Community HealthCorps*VISTA Overview History of VISTA : VISTA 101 History of VISTA Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, established Volunteers In Service To America
National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, establishes the Corporation for National Service, who created and manages AmeriCorps, Senior Service Corps, Learn and Serve and now VISTA.
In 1999, NACHC begins with 35 members in New York State. Fundamentals : VISTA 101 Fundamentals AmeriCorps*VISTA’s mission centers on the basic assumption that private citizens can, on a voluntary basis, contribute to the solution of poverty and poverty related problems.
AmeriCorps* VISTA members’ role in addressing the problems of poverty are to mobilize community resources and increase the capacity of the low-income community to solve its own problems.
Members serve as important links between local sponsors and the people being served.
Crucial to the concept of local self reliance that hosting sites plan for the eventual phase-out of the AmeriCorps*VISTA members and the absorption of the members’ functions by the community. VISTAs Mainly Perform Indirect ServiceDevelop, Create and Expand Structures, Systems, Policies and Procedures : VISTA 101 VISTAs Mainly Perform Indirect ServiceDevelop, Create and Expand Structures, Systems, Policies and Procedures Resource Development
Partnership & Collaborations
Partnering organizations together Communications
Manage HealthCorps*VISTA : VISTA 101 HealthCorps*VISTA The goal of Community HealthCorps*VISTA is to improve the capacity of health centers to provide quality health services and programs to medically underserved people. HealthCorps*VISTA’s Work to: : VISTA 101 HealthCorps*VISTA’s Work to: Increase access:
Develop new programs and/or expand existing programs to new sites.
Outreach strategically to bring more community members to available service.
Generate resources to support and sustain new and existing programs.
Develop community partnerships and collaboratives to maximize resources and reach wider audiences.
Develop volunteer programs to provide more services and reach more people. Eliminate health disparities:
Develop and implement educational programs to disseminate health information & influence health behavior change.
Establish or strengthen collaborative care models that ensure patients get comprehensive, coordinated care. VISTA Projects can include any or all of the following outputs and related activities : VISTA 101 VISTA Projects can include any or all of the following outputs and related activities Needs Assessment
Develop and administer surveys
Conduct focus groups
Analyze related data
Plan fundraising events
Solicit in kind donations of goods and services
Volunteer Generation and Management
Write policy and procedure manuals
Create positions (after assessing the needs)
Manage Community Outreach
Strategic outreach planning
Develop evaluation questions
Design and conduct an evaluation
Determine data-collection methods
Analyze interpreting data
Program Development or Replication
Conduct a needs assessment and analyze results
Research new opportunities
Project implementation Some Current VISTA Member Roles : VISTA 101 Some Current VISTA Member Roles Planned Care Coordinator
Obesity Prevention Curriculum Developer
HIV Treatment Adherence Coordinator
Community Health Education Center Developer
Health Literacy Coordinator
Pediatric Literacy Coordinator
Volunteer Program Developer NACHC Expectations of Host Sites : VISTA 101 NACHC Expectations of Host Sites Computer, desk and phone must be in place before VISTA arrives at the host site.
NACHC recommends that host sites support at least two VISTA members at one time.
Host sites must pay matching dollars ($5,000 to $6,000/member).
Host sites must submit a completed Project Station Application.
NACHC recommends that site supervisors have supervision meetings with the VISTA member at least once a week.
Host sites must offer trainings to VISTA members for further educational and professional development.
Host sites must evaluate VISTA members 90 day, mid-way and at the end of the service term.
Site supervisors must validate by signature that VISTA member timesheets are accurate.
Site supervisors must contribute to the quarterly VISTA progress reports. Benefits and Services for VISTA Members and Sponsors : VISTA 101 Benefits and Services for VISTA Members and Sponsors For Members
$4,725 education award or $1,200 post-service stipend
Health coverage for all members assigned to your project
Training in project management and leadership for members
Travel costs associated with training
Moving allowance for members relocating to serve
Liability coverage for all members, under the Federal Employees Compensation Act and the Federal Torts Claims Act.
Child care for income-eligible members
Member PSO provided by AmeriCorps*VISTA or NACHC
Payroll services: Members receive their stipends directly from AmeriCorps*VISTA or NACHC
Assistance with recruiting members Next Steps : VISTA 101 Next Steps Strengthen current program design
Refine program focus areas and standardize VISTA member activities
Plan for Community HealthCorps*VISTA expansion as National Project with CNCS. Additional Information : Additional Information http://www.nachc.com/access-for-america.cfm
In California: Alex Reyes – email@example.com
In New York: Sherina Davis – firstname.lastname@example.org VISTA 101