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Kentucky swears in 325 AmeriCorps service members, state has around 900; they largely work on 'social determinants of health'

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Kentucky swears in 325 AmeriCorps service members, state has around 900; they largely work on 'social determinants of health' Kentucky swears in 325 AmeriCorps service members, state has around 900; they largely work on 'social determinants of health'

Kentucky swears in 325 AmeriCorps service members, state has around 900; they largely work on 'social determinants of health'

By Melissa Patrick
Kentucky Health News

More than 325 new and returning AmeriCorps members were recently sworn in and have committed themselves to a year of service with one of the 20 different AmeriCorps groups across Kentucky.

More than 325 AmeriCorps members were sworn into service
Sept. 25 at the Capitol. (Commonwealth of Kentucky photo)AmeriCorps is a national service program administered by the bipartisan, governor-appointed group Serve Kentucky, formerly the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service. Serve Kentucky is part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the federal Corporation for National and Community Service.

In all, Kentucky has about 900 AmeriCorps members in 105 of the state's 120 counties. The program is funded by nearly $6.7 million in federal grants and varying local matches.

The 20 Kentucky programs are dedicated to efforts such as providing drug-resistance education, teaching and tutoring children, combating homelessness, empowering victims of domestic violence, promoting post-secondary education opportunities, offering financial-literacy resources and assisting low-income elderly.

Health experts often refer to these unmet social needs as "social determinants of health," and it's been proven that they often have more to do with a person's or a community's health than health care itself.

For example, many of the Kentucky AmeriCorps programs focus on education, which is known to improve a person's social and...
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