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American Heart Association HeartCorps Service Member in Centerville, Iowa


Part of HeartCorps, an initiative with Public Health AmeriCorps and the American Heart Association.

Are You Ready to Be a Champion of Health Equity?

In general, people in rural America face higher death rates from heart disease and stroke, lower life expectancy and higher maternal mortality. Broad, innovative, and sustained approaches are needed to address the range of challenges faced by rural populations. With support from Public Health AmeriCorps, the American Heart Association has launched HeartCorps to accelerate our work around high blood pressure, nutrition security and smoking cessation and advance more equitable health outcomes for rural communities. Members will serve in-person at a health center, hospital, public health department or non-profit organization within the rural community.

We are seeking full-time service members to support this work in Centerville, IA starting May 22, 2023 through August 11 or September 22, 2023 . The next service start date will be September 25, 2023.


Roles of Service Members:

To address the disproportionate rates of uncontrolled hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases in rural communities, HeartCorps members, under the guidance of their host site, will

  • Support blood pressure self-monitoring initiatives in clinic and community settings.

  • Facilitate adoption of evidence-based blood pressure measurement practices.

  • Enable ongoing blood pressure, nutrition security, and tobacco screening and referral to needed services in clinical or community settings.

  • Help identify and collaborate with local resources and organizations tosupport healthy living and individual and group skill building within the community, including organizing, connecting, and/or delivering community training and education opportunities.

  • Connect health centers and community organizations to facilitate ongoing screening and referral for social needs.

  • Establish local support for patients/community members in navigating the care or resources they need.

  • Promote and implement registration and participation in surveys and research platforms among the diverse populations in the community.

  • Launch learning collaboratives for health or community centers with similar populations.

  • Plan and implement local engagement events – days of service, town halls or community conversations – to raise awareness of blood pressure, nutrition security, smoking cessation, and cardiovascular health, and related issues and engage the community in supporting one another in key health strategies.

  • Cultivate and manage volunteer clubs in local schools or community organizations.


  • At least 21 years of age by start of service.

  • United States citizen, United States national, or a lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.

  • Have reliable transportation.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Willingness to learn and grow during service term.

  • Passion for health equity and interest in promoting health in rural America.

  • Demonstrated ability to organize responsibilities and meet deadlines.

  • Customer focused, solution focused, and creative problem solver. Good listener, non-judgmental, patient, open minded, and resourceful.

  • Vaccinated against Covid-19 by start of service (consideration for medical accomodation).

  • All accepted applicants must successfully pass a national criminal background check to become HeartCorps service members.

  • Experience or coursework in public health, health communications, health promotion, or health sciences preferred.

Compensation & Benefits

HeartCorps Service Members Will Receive:

  • A bi-weekly living stipend of $1062.50 (pre-tax).

  • An educational award (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service.

  • May 22 - September 22, 2023: members will earn 675 hours and upon successful completion, earn an educational award of $2474.27.

  • May 22 - August 11, 2023: members will earn 450 hours and upon successful completion, earn an educational award of $1718.25.

  • Professional development.

  • Direct access to job opportunities upon successful completion of program.



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The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to our volunteers, our workforce, and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date 1 week ago (3/14/2023 11:16 AM)

Requisition ID 2023-10253

Job Locations US-IA-Centerville