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American Heart Association Information & Opportunity

The American Heart Association is actively working to secure additional host sites for their great work.  Please read on below and access the linked articles at the bottom of the article for additional information.  Share with anyone in your circle who might be interested in this work!  

Now we're looking at Year 2 starting in September and are wanting to identify some additional host sites in Missouri and I wanted to see if groups or organizations came to mind for you that would be ideal for this.  The attached FAQ has more details, but in brief:


  • HeartCorps sites must be a non-profit or government entity that needs to be able to:
    • Help with Member recruitment in their local area.
    • Provide a physical workspace, a day-today supervisor, and an opportunity for 40 hrs of service/wk, directly and/or with partners.
  • AHA's funding covers the costs of the Member so there is no direct financial cost for host sites. 
  • Per AmeriCorps regulations, Members are not able to replace/displace current staff (or volunteer positions) but are designed to expand capacity in addressing high blood pressure, nutrition, tobacco, cardiac readiness, and more. 
  • Sites in the smallest communities have faced challenges in recruitment so, as a matter of practicality, sites (while still rural) would ideally have populations of at least 10,000 to draw from and/or be close to colleges/universities.
  • In exchange for their 1700 hrs of service, Members receive the equivalent of a $15/hr living allowance, a $6800 educational stipend, access to insurance and fantastic opportunities for professional development.


Around the country sites have included local public health, hospitals/clinics, community action agencies, libraries, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, Salvation Army's and more. It could theoretically include school districts if they were particularly focused on health.

Tim Nikolai

Sr. Rural Health Director, Midwest

American Heart Association

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

M 414.502.8780

/vimages/shared/vnews/stories/64b1492617f08/HeartCorps Host Site FAQs 2023.pdf

/vimages/shared/vnews/stories/64b1492617f08/Host a HeartCorps Member .pdf