AmeriCorps Community Health Worker Apprentice Program, 2024-2025

Published on July 19, 2024

The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) is proud to announce its continued support for the Public Health AmeriCorps Community Health Worker (CHW) Apprentice Program for the 2024-2025 program year. This innovative program is a collaborative effort with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Trailhead Institute, AmeriCorps, and Serve Colorado that supports people interested in the field of public and environmental health.

This program offers newcomers to the public health field the opportunity to engage with the diverse work being conducted by DDPHE. Throughout their year of learning, participants take classes to become certified Community Health Workers (CHWs) and gain hands-on experience by shadowing professionals across the department. The program aims to serve Denver residents and promote equity through dedicated service to the community.

DDPHE is the first local public health agency in the nation to offer a dual Public Health AmeriCorps Service and Community Health Worker Apprentice opportunity. For the upcoming program year, DDPHE welcomes three new and two returning apprentices to the program.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, it became evident that the public health workforce needed more people. The Public Health CHW Apprentices program addresses this gap by strengthening the public health workforce pipeline,” said Karin McGowan, executive director of DDPHE. “It ensures a steady influx of passionate and well-trained individuals dedicated to serving the community's health needs. These apprentices gain valuable hands-on experience, enhancing their skills and knowledge while addressing critical public health issues.”

Funding for this program is supported by the CDC’s Strengthening U.S. Public Health Infrastructure, Workforce and Data Systems Grant (PHIG). These funds supplement the income of program participants but also provide professional development opportunities, ensuring that members are well-equipped to address public and environmental health inequities in Denver. This program gives participants an opportunity to jumpstart a career in public health by gaining core competencies in public health and community health work and receiving on the job learning. Participants are also eligible to receive education awards upon successful completion of the program; all while support Denver communities.

 CHW Apprentice Program staff for the 2024-2025 program year include:

  • Ashleigh Dierking has joined the Office of the Medical Examiner, where she is developing standard operating procedures and supporting vital records.
  • Brittan Gregoire is part of our Community & Behavioral Health team, focusing on collecting data on infant mortality rates and enhancing community engagement initiatives.
  • Emily Evans is contributing to the Environmental Quality division by assisting with clean air initiatives and supporting the Colorado Health Institute.
  • Ana Maria Aguirre Luna is working with Animal Protection, supporting community initiatives promoting wellness for both pets and people.
  • Eliza (Liz) Martinez Rodriguez is in the division of Shared Services & Business Operations supporting workforce development efforts related to training and its partners.

DDPHE remains committed to fostering a robust public health workforce and addressing public health challenges through innovative programs and partnerships. Learn more about the AmeriCorps Community Health Worker Apprentice Program and other DDPHE initiatives on the DDPHE website.

If you’re interested in interviewing any of the AmeriCorps members, please reach out to ddphe.communications@denvergov.org.