AmeriCorps Community Opioid Response Program

Colorado Community Opioid Response Program

Overview

The AmeriCorps VISTA Community Opioid Response Program (CORP) is a statewide initiative utilizing members to support local communities by implementing strategies to reduce the impact of substance misuse and overdose, increasing the accessibility to behavioral healthcare, and outreaching to some of Colorado’s most vulnerable populations. 20 VISTA Members and 4 Leaders will serve inside CNCS’s priority areas of Access to Care and Healthy Futures to build capacity, expand reach, and leverage resources to benefit local community organizations.

Meet the Members

Madison Chambers

Serving the Routt County community is a privilege, and I hope to help build a network that can continue to benefit the area in coming years.

Sk8 Church

AmeriCorps VISTA Alum

Service Years: 2018 - 2019

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:24:50+00:00

Sk8 Church

AmeriCorps VISTA Alum

Service Years: 2018 - 2019

Serving the Routt County community is a privilege, and I hope to help build a network that can continue to benefit the area in coming years.

Katie Moran

Serving through AmeriCorps has given me a chance to expand my professional development, explore a new part of the county, and give back to a cause very dear to my heart.

AmeriCorps VISTA Alum

Service Years: 2018 - 2019

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:25:45+00:00

AmeriCorps VISTA Alum

Service Years: 2018 - 2019

Serving through AmeriCorps has given me a chance to expand my professional development, explore a new part of the county, and give back to a cause very dear to my heart.

Sylvie Novins-Montague

By serving with AmeriCorps, I have the resources and support needed for my community. Communities merit our work as advocates because they help shape lives and create opportunities for us to grow. The general public best combats current and growing crises, and I am proud to offer my service in support.

Celebrating Healthy Communities

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Year(s): 2019

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:26:29+00:00

Celebrating Healthy Communities

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Year(s): 2019

By serving with AmeriCorps, I have the resources and support needed for my community. Communities merit our work as advocates because they help shape lives and create opportunities for us to grow. The general public best combats current and growing crises, and I am proud to offer my service in support.

Jordan Gruppuso

There are things that you do because they feel right. They may not make sense to others and they may be challenging, but the sense of fulfillment that comes along with helping others is incomparable.

Delta County Memorial Hospital

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2019

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:27:10+00:00

Delta County Memorial Hospital

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2019

There are things that you do because they feel right. They may not make sense to others and they may be challenging, but the sense of fulfillment that comes along with helping others is incomparable.

Dane Hall

"Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right." -Isaac Asimov

Boulder County Public Health

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Service Years: 2019- Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:29:29+00:00

Boulder County Public Health

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Service Years: 2019- Present

"Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right." -Isaac Asimov

Parker Semler

"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Ralph Waldo Emerson

CCAHEC

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2019- Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:31:44+00:00

CCAHEC

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2019- Present

"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Katie Lazar

I volunteer because I truly believe in the abilities of people to make a positive difference.

Central Colorado AHEC

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2018-05-14T18:27:38+00:00

Central Colorado AHEC

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018

I volunteer because I truly believe in the abilities of people to make a positive difference.

Mychal Morrill

I got into service with the idea that it was a part of life that everyone should have. I was wrong. It’s a lifestyle.

AmeriCorps VISTA Alum

Service Years: 2018 - 2019

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:50:02+00:00

AmeriCorps VISTA Alum

Service Years: 2018 - 2019

I got into service with the idea that it was a part of life that everyone should have. I was wrong. It’s a lifestyle.

Arianna Sherman

What called me to service for this AmeriCorps year is being able to find out what or how I can help and then growing with that into my future career.

South Western & Western Colorado AHECs

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2017-2018

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2018-05-14T18:38:05+00:00

South Western & Western Colorado AHECs

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2017-2018

What called me to service for this AmeriCorps year is being able to find out what or how I can help and then growing with that into my future career.

Matthew Martinez

Honored to be serving a community.

Steamboat Springs

AmeriCorps VISTA

Service Year(s): 2020 - Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2020-01-09T20:56:32+00:00

Steamboat Springs

AmeriCorps VISTA

Service Year(s): 2020 - Present

Honored to be serving a community.

Deanna UliBarri-Crespin

I believe that acts of service can lead to social change because of experience, past or present. If something is not experienced, than a person will never know.

San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2017 - 2019

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2018-05-14T18:39:02+00:00

San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2017 - 2019

I believe that acts of service can lead to social change because of experience, past or present. If something is not experienced, than a person will never know.

Miranda Thompson

"The proof that one truly believes is in action." - Bayard Rustin

Lakewood

AmeriCorps VISTA

2019 - Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2020-01-09T20:57:36+00:00

Lakewood

AmeriCorps VISTA

2019 - Present

"The proof that one truly believes is in action." - Bayard Rustin

Della Turque-Henneberger

"We don't need to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by thousands of people, can change the world”- Howard Zinn

San Juan Basin Public Health

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Service Years: 2018 - 2019

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-01-24T16:36:36+00:00

San Juan Basin Public Health

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Service Years: 2018 - 2019

"We don't need to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by thousands of people, can change the world”- Howard Zinn

Taylor Vaughan

I strive for inclusivity. I want to live in a community that efficiently uses it's resources to bolster and inspire it's people.

Colorado Springs

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Service Year(s): 2020 - Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2020-01-09T21:02:51+00:00

Colorado Springs

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Service Year(s): 2020 - Present

I strive for inclusivity. I want to live in a community that efficiently uses it's resources to bolster and inspire it's people.

Seth Johnson

Service allows me to turn "How can I help?" into "I KNOW that I'm making a difference." It's been great to meet others who also want to be part of the solution, and it will be a positive influence on the rest of my life. I'm thankful to AmeriCorps for the opportunity!

Jefferson County Public Health

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018 - 2019

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:13:14+00:00

Jefferson County Public Health

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018 - 2019

Service allows me to turn "How can I help?" into "I KNOW that I'm making a difference." It's been great to meet others who also want to be part of the solution, and it will be a positive influence on the rest of my life. I'm thankful to AmeriCorps for the opportunity!

Cassidy Foster

I hope to enjoy every second of my service and expand my education and help educate the community around me.

Western Colorado Area Health Education Center

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018 - 2019

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:14:49+00:00

Western Colorado Area Health Education Center

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018 - 2019

I hope to enjoy every second of my service and expand my education and help educate the community around me.

Rebecka Armstrong

When we make up our minds and our hearts to be of service to others, the possibilities of growth are endless.

Centennial Area Health Education Center

AmeriCorps State Alum

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Service Years: 2018- Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:18:05+00:00

Centennial Area Health Education Center

AmeriCorps State Alum

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Service Years: 2018- Present

When we make up our minds and our hearts to be of service to others, the possibilities of growth are endless.

Tracy Cruz

AmeriCorps has allowed me the flexibility to grow while being of service to my community. I also have learned if a goal is not reached then I change the plan not the goal and this I think is perseverance which can only be learned and practiced not given to anyone. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity of a lifetime!

Southeastern Colorado Area Health Education Center

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018 - 2019

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:21:30+00:00

Southeastern Colorado Area Health Education Center

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018 - 2019

AmeriCorps has allowed me the flexibility to grow while being of service to my community. I also have learned if a goal is not reached then I change the plan not the goal and this I think is perseverance which can only be learned and practiced not given to anyone. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity of a lifetime!

Jane Davis

I pride myself by living by the universal quote "Service Above Self"

Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018 - 2019

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:22:24+00:00

Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018 - 2019

I pride myself by living by the universal quote "Service Above Self"

Adrian Pascual

Service is essential to understanding community dynamics, no matter where you are.

Community Health Partnership

AmeriCorps VISTA Alum

Service Years: 2017-2018

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:23:32+00:00

Community Health Partnership

AmeriCorps VISTA Alum

Service Years: 2017-2018

Service is essential to understanding community dynamics, no matter where you are.
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Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps

Goals and Performance Measures

Each member will:

  • Work with 5 community organizations to provide capacity building services.
  • Have 3 community organizations report an increase in capacity
  • Train 50 Community Members on local, low-cost services LGBTQ+ friendly providers, MAT Providers, and insurance companies that prioritize substance misuse care, behavioral health, and LGBTQ+ care
  • Train 10 Community Members on using an interactive, engaging lesson to educate and empower teens about substance misuse
  • Train 10 Community Members on how to teach others to identify and respond to an opioid overdose
  • Track and increase the number of law enforcement personnel engaged in local community coalitions by 3
Activities
  • Expand and strengthen partnerships and networks
  • Expand scale and reach to increase community awareness and program engagement
  • Build capacity for financial resources
  • Expand technology use
  • Build volunteer recruitment and management systems capacity
  • Develop programs and increasing delivery capacity
  • Expand outreach participant capacity

COVID-19 Information

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has released the following information with regards to the COVID-19 situation.

CNCS is granting temporary exceptions to three VISTA policies, to best support VISTA members and projects during this unprecedented time:

  • Temporarily removing the cap on two days of teleservice per pay period,
  • Temporarily increasing the number of emergency leave days a sponsor may grant a member from 5 days to 14 days,
  • Temporarily permitting members to submit a self-written justification for consideration in lieu of medical documentation for coronavirus related early terminations.

Further information about these exceptions is detailed in the VISTA-specific FAQs on our website at www.nationalservice.gov/coronavirus.

For more information and useful links about COVID-19, please click here.

Contact Information

Cori Howard, Central Colorado AHEC AmeriCorps Program Manager, cori@centralcoahec.org, 720-728-5326


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