Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership gets AmeriCorps grant

Greg Dent

The Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership will get six AmeriCorps members for a year to help residents of Whitfield and Murray counties receive access to health care.

"They will be associates promotoras," said Greg Dent, executive director of the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership. "They will be working with our promotoras in the community helping people get access to health care resources, scheduling appointments and facilitating health care for the uninsured and underinsured."

The Partnership's Promotoras de Salud program helps connect Hispanic residents in Whitfield and Murray counties with health care and provides them with health care education.

The Partnership received an $88,836 grant to fund the AmeriCorps members, part of $3.3 million in AmeriCorps funding for Georgia from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service recently announced by Gov. Brian Kemp. Kemp said the grants will put more than 500 AmeriCorps members on the ground to serve with 19 organizations.

AmeriCorps has been compared to a domestic Peace Corps. The workers funded by the grants Georgia received "will tackle some of the toughest problems in Georgia including education, economic opportunities, healthy futures, veterans and military families, homelessness, people living with disabilities, financial literacy and environmental issues," according to a press release from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

“Building on a strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, AmeriCorps members will change lives, improve communities and build a safer, stronger and more united Georgia,” said Chester Spellman, director of AmeriCorps. “For 25 years, the AmeriCorps members who pledge to ‘get things done’ have represented the best of America while demonstrating the great promise and ideals of our country. I salute all the AmeriCorps members who will join them, and thank those who help make their service possible.”

After completing their service, AmeriCorps members receive an award of approximately $6,000 that they can use to pay for college or to pay off student loans.

Dent said the Partnership's AmeriCorps workers will start on Sept. 1, and the organization is already interviewing applicants. Anyone interested in applying can call the Partnership at (706) 272-6662.

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