Each year, 94 NHC members serve full-time and engage in service activities that increase resident’s access to and utilization of health care services and that improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities. NHC members make a difference in their communities by:
- Helping the uninsured apply for health care coverage
- Engaging health center patients in chronic disease self-management programs
- Conducting health screenings in community and health care settings
- Assisting uninsured patients with enrollment in free medication programs
- Strengthening care coordination for vulnerable patients by helping patients make appointments for primary/specialty care; arranging interpreter services for patients with limited English proficiency and helping to coordinate transportation.
- Connecting youth to preventive and primary care by enrolling students in school-based health centers and facilitating immunizations, dental and vision screenings
- Assisting adults in accessing free cancer screenings to support early detection.
- Teaching kids about nutrition and healthy eating; conduct cooking demonstrations; and organize afterschool running and exercise clubs
- Teaching health education classes to adults, seniors and youth on topics such as preventing data violence, managing asthma and infant safe sleep
- Engaging Americans in service by recruiting and training volunteers to assist with access to care and health education services at their host sites and through local community organizations.
Chicago Health Corps member, Abbey Baus, does a vision test for a little girl at her host site.