The National Health Corps Philadelphia is a program of the National Health Corps AmeriCorps program.
The program was established in 1994 with the mission to foster healthy communities by connecting those who need it most with health and wellness education, benefits and services, while developing tomorrow's compassionate health leaders. The NHC Philadelphia is administered by the Health Federation of Philadelphia, an organization that provides support, guidance, and technical assistance to health care and social service providers, to ensure that our most underserved and vulnerable populations have access to quality health care.
Philadelphia is home to some of the top healthcare facilities in the country, yet many disparities exist in access to care and the quality of healthcare for some communities and populations.
To address this problem, the National Health Corps Philadelphia places members at community-based organizations in Philadelphia that work to improve access to care and to help individuals and communities become healthier. Our members do this by providing health outreach in communities, health education workshops, health screenings, social services, case management, benefits assistance, and patient advocacy. Our members also participate in team meetings and trainings, service projects, member committees, and an annual retreat to help them build an esprit de corps and create friendships that last a lifetime. The expectation is that through their year of service, our members will be given an opportunity to significantly improve the health of those they serve and to have a fulfilling and rewarding experience that exposes them to a variety of healthcare careers and settings.