AmeriCorps VISTA Works for MIHS
May 31, 2017
Meet Mary Walsh - an AmeriCorps VISTA member with MIHS through HandsOn Greater Phoenix. AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. An AmeriCorps VISTA member serves as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions. For the past four years, AmeriCorps VISTA workers like Mary have helped to grow strategic programs that are implemented through the MIHS Grants Department.
During her one-year service, Mary has worked tirelessly on several programs such as the MIHS Health Literacy Partnership and the Office of Minority Health Relink grant, a program specifically for the justice population in partnership with Maricopa County. As part of the Relink team, Mary facilitates meetings, creates program documents, and participates in trainings ensure successful implementation of the grant program.
Educating people about health care and health literacy associated with the Affordable Care Act is a big part of Mary’s expertise. She teaches classes about “Understanding Health Insurance” and “Preventive Services” to a variety of populations. Since October, Mary has taught over 150 classes impacting more than 1,600 participants. She has given classes at probation sites all over the Valley and has been an integral part of the expansion of the program within the jail system. Using a train-the trainer approach, Mary has educated key staff on the health literacy modules so that these programs can continue when Mary completes her year of service.
AmeriCorps VISTA works for MIHS!