Iowa Community Health AmeriCorps Program

‌‌‌Drake University in partnership with Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative is seeking interestedcandidates forour 2015-2016 Iowa Community Health AmeriCorps program (ICHAP). All currently enrolled or future Drake graduate students who are US Citizens or Permanent Residents aged 18 older are encouraged to apply. Members must be able to commit to the entire service year of September 30, 2015 through August 
31, 2016. Pending grant funding, qualifying members will be invited to serve for a second year.

See links to the left or download an electronic version of the full member position description and service agreement. Ready to apply? Please do so via the online application.

Questions? Please contact Renee Sedlacek, Interim Director of Community Engagement & Service-Learning at or 515-271-2454.

Program Overview

ICHAP represents an innovative approach to higher education and private/public partnership. ICHAP is a unique 4 + 2 program in which AmeriCorps members are enrolled graduate students at Drake University actively working towards a graduate degree while completing their term of service. ICHAP is helping Iowans by encouraging rural towns across Iowa to commit to adopting practices that will improve the overall health and happiness of the residents in their community. AmeriCorps members serve as liaisons between Healthiest State Initiative and local schools, businesses and community organizations in order to disseminate information and provide training, education and assessment workshops that will mobilize local citizens and lead to the establishment of smarter lunchrooms, an increase in the consumption of fruits and vegetables, safer walking routes to schools, planting community gardens, and tobacco free workplaces, to name a few. Regardless of which community you are serving, members are working to build the capacity of Healthiest State Initiative and local communities to increase the overall health and well-being of Iowans.

About Drake University and Healthiest State Initiative

Drake University is mid-sized private university with three professional schools. Drake’s mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments and responsible global citizenship. The Drake experience is distinguished by collaborative learning among students, faculty and staff and by the integration of the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. See more at

The Healthiest State Initiative is a privately led public initiative intended to inspire Iowans and their communities throughout the state to improve their health and happiness. To achieve our goal, individuals, families, businesses, faith-based organizations, not-for-profits and the public sector will united in a community-focused effort to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation! To measure our progress we use the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ® which tracks six areas, or “domains” that comprise our well-being. See more at

About AmeriCorps and Corporation for National Community Service

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 900,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.2 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. More information about AmeriCorps can be found at: The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that was established in 1993 and engages more than 5 million Americans in service each year through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs and leads United We Serve, the President's national call-to-service initiative. The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009 reauthorized and expanded national service programs administered by CNCS by amending the National and Community Service Act of 1990 and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973. As the nation’s largest grant maker for service and volunteering, CNCS plays a critical role in strengthening America’s nonprofit sector and addressing our nation’s challenges through service. CNCS harnesses America’s most powerful resource – the energy and talents of its citizens – to solve problems. CNCS believe that everyone can make a difference and that everyone should try. From grade school through retirement, CNCS empowers Americans and fosters a lifetime of service.