Mercy Serves, a service-learning program in which AmeriCorps members serve as long as 11 months with Mercy Health – Cincinnati to address pressing community health needs, is looking for candidates to join our mission of fighting the opioid crisis while also gaining professional development in the health field. 

As a part of the broader opioid epidemic response, Mercy Serves AmeriCorps members provide patient education, substance use risk screening, emotional support and referrals to treatment and social services in Mercy Health emergency departments throughout Cincinnati. AmeriCorps members work alongside Mercy Health nurses, providers and social workers to ensure that patients receive necessary support and resources to make healthy choices and encourage behavior change. 

Mercy Serves is not paid employment, but a service-term supported by a living stipend, education award, health insurance and other benefits. Full-time and part-time positions are available that will start this fall and run as long as 11 months. The role offers strong leadership and professional development opportunities.

Recruitment for up to 10 members is now open. Visit careers.mercy.com and type "AmeriCorps" in the keyword box to find a complete job description and application.
 
The current class has found the experience fulfilling. AmeriCorps volunteer Chloe Caplinger said:

“My time as a Mercy Serves AmeriCorps member has opened my eyes to a new side of health care, public health. While we primarily work with patients with substance use disorder, we have the flexibility to talk to anyone that may need us. This year, I’ve been able to be a listening ear for patients experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, food insecurity and sexual assault. The beauty of this role is that we get to serve people where they are, find resources and follow up with them for our entire term. I’ve had a few patients find housing, jobs and sustained sobriety based on some of the things that we talked about during their time in the emergency department. We get to plant the seeds that help is out there, and someone cares about them during some of the lowest times in their lives. I plan on attending physician assistant school shortly after my service term. I know that I will be a better, more aware medical professional thanks to my time in Mercy Serves.” 

Throughout the course of their year of service, Mercy Health anticipates that Mercy Serves AmeriCorps team members will provide 3,600 patients with information about substance use or referrals to social services or treatment.

Hear from a former Mercy Serves AmeriCorps class on their experiences.

This marks the fifth year of a grant Mercy Health received from ServeOhio to select and train a team of AmeriCorps members in reducing and/or preventing opioid abuse in adult patients at Mercy Health hospitals in Ohio. Mercy Health secured this funding in coordination with the Mercy Health Foundation, which empowers and equips the Mercy Health network to extend its healing ministry with compassion and innovation, and Mercy Health’s behavioral health services team. 
 
AmeriCorps is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service. It has identified efforts to reduce and/or prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse as a funding priority. ServeOhio, Ohio's commission on service and volunteerism, awards AmeriCorps grants to support service initiatives in the state.