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AmeriCorps awards $1.4M to expand public health programs across Idaho

By: - April 7, 2022 4:05 am
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AmeriCorps, a federal agency for volunteering and national service, will support 72 members who will be assigned across Idaho to increase the capacity of public health organizations, including increasing the number of suicide prevention and intervention trainings. (Getty Images)

Idaho State University’s Institute for Rural Health announced a funding award of more than $1.4 million from AmeriCorps to expand public health programs across Idaho, according to a press release from the Idaho Department of Labor.

AmeriCorps, a federal agency for volunteering and national service, will support 72 members who will be assigned across Idaho to increase the capacity of public health organizations, including increasing the number of suicide prevention and intervention trainings. The funding will also support AmeriCorps members’ interests in learning about public health careers and continuing to serve in the public health sector, the release said. The AmeriCorps members will become certified suicide prevention interventionists and expand existing programs and services offered by public health agencies.

Public Health AmeriCorps, a national partnership between AmeriCorps and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, supports the recruitment, training and development of a new generation of public health leaders. The five-year program is supported by $400 million from the American Rescue Plan Act.

The Idaho program will launch in July and is open for recruitment. To learn more about the program, contact the Institute for Rural Health at 208-282-4436 or [email protected].

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Kelcie Moseley-Morris
Kelcie Moseley-Morris

Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press.

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