AmeriCorps

University of Minnesota Duluth College of Pharmacy

About the organization

The Mission of the University of Minnesota is threefold, focusing on Research, Education, and Outreach. Research: We seek new knowledge that can change how we all work and live. At UMN, students do research alongside top professors in all majors. Education: We prepare students to meet the great challenges facing our state, our nation, and our world. Outreach: We apply our expertise to meet the needs of MN, our nation, and the world. We partner with communities across MN to engage our students, faculty, and staff in addressing society's most pressing issues.

This project is part of the Community Corps VISTA Program, operated by Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact. The program strives to eliminate poverty through campus-community partnerships by placing full-time capacity building support in nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. There are three focus areas, this project being in the Health Corps, which supports sites in long-term approaches.

Duties

Member Duties: The AmeriCorps member will be responsible for the following: Expand local and regional partnerships to increase understanding of effective prevention and intervention strategies to decrease opioid use. Support new partner organizations in developing internal policies and protocols, and programming around naloxone to ensure access and effective use. Engage with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota partners, and community members in Aitkin, Itasca, St. Louis, Pine counties, and Minnesota Tribal Nations to assess and increase community Recovery Capital.

This VISTA position will focus on community-based solutions to the opioid crisis, which is currently the most critical public health issue in northeastern MN, focusing on capacity building for rural northeastern MN counties and Tribal Nations working with the UMN on a variety of local and federal grants. The VISTA will build on existing partnerships with local, regional, state, and national agencies to enhance opioid prevention efforts and build systems to reduce overdose and expand understanding and options for treatment and build community Recovery Capital. The VISTA will partner with local organizations that support harm reduction, public health practice in substance use, and translational research to reduce the impact of the opioid crisis.

Qualifications

College Graduate

Salary

Approximately $12,500

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Program Benefits: Training, Living Allowance, Relocation Allowance, Health Coverage*, Childcare assistance if eligible, Parking pass for UMD, Education award upon successful completion of service, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend.


*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare

Terms: Permits attendance at school during off hours, Car recommended, Permits working at another job during off-hours.

Service Areas: Homelessness, Health, Community Outreach.

Skills: Leadership, Public Health, Team Work, General Skills, Fundraising/Grant Writing, Writing/Editing, Community Organization, Communications.

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