AmeriCorps Substance Abuse Prevention Program


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IDPH AmeriCorps Substance Abuse Program Overview

The Iowa Department of Public Health AmeriCorps Substance Abuse Prevention Program is a statewide initiative through the Division of Behavioral Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse. This program focuses on building capacity of mentoring programs focusing on substance abuse prevention and substance abuse prevention agencies throughout the State of Iowa. At the end of the first program year, AmeriCorps members will increase community and professional education on opioid and prescription drug misuse and substance use, and will enhance program capacity and sustainability of mentoring programs and substance abuse prevention programs.

This program year, members will be focusing their efforts on the opioid and prescription drug misuse epidemic within the state of Iowa.  The IDPH AmeriCorps Substance Abuse Prevention Program will focus theory of change around education, community engagement, and capacity building. These three components together address the needs outlined and impact the long-term goal of reducing substance use and the Healthy Futures priority of addressing opioid and prescription drug abuse.

What Are AmeriCorps Programs?

AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at more than 21,000 locations including nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than one million 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. AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; They are preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs, reducing crime and reviving cities, connecting returning veterans to jobs, fighting the opioid epidemic, supporting seniors to live independently and with dignity, making college more accessible and affordable, and helping Americans rebuild their lives following a disaster, all while adding unique value to the nation’s nonprofit sector.



List of Host Sites

Burlington Community School District
Cassie Gerst, Outreach & 21st Century Grant Coordinator
Burlington Community School District
1429 West Avenue Burlington, IA 52601
319-753-2211 Ext. 1054

Community Youth Concepts
Amy Croll, Executive Director Community Youth Concepts
1446 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
Des Moines, IA 50314

New Opportunities
Christy Jenkins, Prevention Director
23751 Highway 30 East
P.O. Box 427
Carroll, IA 51401
712-792-9266 Ext. 601




For more information on the IDPH AmeriCorps Substance Abuse Prevention Program open positions, click here

For more information on AmeriCorps and National Service, click here 

For more Information on other AmeriCorps Iowa Programs and service opportunities in the state of Iowa, click here