Padilla Announces Nearly $4 Million in New Public Health AmeriCorps Grants in California

Funding will support over 200 AmeriCorps members to meet the public health needs of local communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) announced today that organizations throughout California will receive nearly $4 million in Public Health AmeriCorps funding from AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism. The five grants will support 219 new Public Health AmeriCorps members in California.

Public Health AmeriCorps, a partnership between AmeriCorps and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, supports the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders. Supported by a five-year, $400 million investment from the American Rescue Plan Act, Public Health AmeriCorps will help meet public health needs of local communities by providing surge capacity and support while also creating pathways to public health-related careers. Senator Padilla advocated for and voted to enact the American Rescue Plan Act in 2021.

“Nearly $4 million in Public Health AmeriCorps funding is heading to deserving organizations across California,” said Senator Alex Padilla. “I’m proud to have secured this funding that will go towards the recruitment and development of public health professionals who will now be better equipped with the training and resources they need to best serve our communities.”

Individual awards are listed below:

  Grantee  Program  City  Grant FundingEducation Award Value# AmeriCorps Member
Safe PassagesPublic Health AmeriCorpsOakland$273,363$64,95015
Reach OutReach Out CHW Outreach ProgramUpland$201,878$45,46510
Los Angeles County Department of Public HealthReducing COVID-19 Disparities in Los Angeles CountyLos Angeles$1,612,800$363,72010
L.A. Works Inc.Citizen Action AmeriCorps LA WorksLos Angeles$1,480,736$343,30690
The Arc of the United StatesHealth and Fitness for AllMultiple$278,088$59,38224

In addition to the grants announced today, AmeriCorps will also provide more than $876,000 each year in education scholarships for the Public Health AmeriCorps members supported by this award to help pay for college, vocational training, or pay back student loans.

Grantees are actively recruiting adults of all ages and education backgrounds to serve in Public Health AmeriCorps. Public Health AmeriCorps members may be eligible to receive a living allowance, professional development, health and childcare support, and an education award. Those interested in joining Public Health AmeriCorps can learn more at


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