The Impact of VISTA Service: Oral Health Education for All

Maren Iverson Maren Iverson is a member of the 2015-16 CHC VISTA cohort currently serving with Community Dental Care. She recently finished a draft of a manual for PICOH (the Program to Improve Community Oral Health) which the 2014-15 CHC VISTA member began. Read on to learn about the positive impact her service has had at her service site and the importance of PICOH. What is the purpose and significance of the PICOH program?  The Program to Improve Community Oral Health (PICOH) is an in-clinic oral health education program that provides oral health hygiene instruction, nutritional counseling, and oral health kits for low-income and…

Apply to be a College Health Corps Program Site

Do you have a campus-community partnership that supports low-income Minnesotans in accessing healthcare, health and wellness knowledge, or food security? Would you like to expand the scale, scope, efficiency, or effectiveness of this project and need additional help to do so? Consider applying to host an College Health Corps AmeriCorps*VISTA member from June, 2016 to June, 2017. These full-time national service VISTA members provide a year of capacity building service and are provided a living allowance and education award. Download the RFP here. Letter of Interest due November 10, 2015. Informational webinar for applicants (optional) on December 2, 2015, 10 -…

A Success Story: Transitioning from VISTA to Full-time Employee

Paul Rebman Paul Rebman was a VISTA with the 2014-15 CHC cohort. He served with the Minneapolis Health Department’s Youth Violence Intervention Program and was hired on after his VISTA term. We asked him about the transition from VISTA member to full-time employee and his advice for other VISTA members on finding post-VISTA employment. What projects did you focus on during your VISTA term with the Minneapolis Health Department? As a VISTA, I focused on the Minneapolis Health Department’s Hospital Based Violence Intervention Project, MYVIP. This program is designed to connect violently injured young people with social support and a…

MPS School Garden Survey: Unearthing the Key to School Garden Success

Loring Community School garden Callie Recknagel was a member of the CHC VISTA cohort in 2014-15 and she served with Youth Farm and Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary and Nutrition Services (MPS). She was responsible for many projects during her VISTA term and one of these projects was the MPS School Garden Survey. The purpose of the survey was to determine the current state of school gardens in the Minneapolis Public School District, and from this information, assess how to best support the gardens and build stronger partnerships between MPS, the Youth Farm, and other non-profits doing food and gardening work. The prep-work for the survey, which was…