Volunteer Program

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Want to help others in their journey to become healthier?

Consider Becoming a Rural Health Coach

Benefits of Becoming a Rural Health Coach

What is a Rural Health Coach?

A Rural Health Coach is a volunteer who is interested in assisting others in your community to become healthier. The curriculum will be taught by your hospital’s coordinated care team. As a new coach, you will serve as a trusted liaison between your hospital/rural health clinic and your client to facilitate access to services and improve patient engagement. In addition to helping the at-risk population, you will increase your health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal coaching, social support and advocacy.

Who are We Looking For?*

  • A compassionate, resourceful volunteer to meet directly with at-risk clients on a weekly basis
  • Someone who is non-judgmental, has great social skills, and is able to develop a rapport with others
  • A person who cares about his or her community
  • Someone willing to learn about healthcare from the client perspective
  • A person interested in helping others on their healthcare journey

What are our Program Goals?

Becoming a Rural Health Coach means that you will work with a multi-disciplinary team to assist clients at high-risk or with chronic conditions to improve health outcomes and provide support through referrals to various community agencies including home health, pharmacy, primary care providers, food pantries, etc. Volunteers assist clients in leading healthier lives and providing social support to improve their well-being.

Who Do Health Coaches assist?

  • Clients with multiple chronic diseases
  • Patients discharged at high risk or families determined as high risk
  • Clients with insufficient income to meet medical need
  • Patients who may have frequent falls or who visit the ED frequently

How Can I Become Involved?

The “Rural Health Coach Program: Volunteer Training” will be offered at Memorial Hospital through the West Central Illinois AHEC with assigned readings and preparation for meetings with the coordinator. Client visits involve approximately 1-2 hours of off-campus work each week.


For more information or to apply, contact Mary Jane Clark, West Central Illinois AHEC Director, at 217-357-6832 or mclark@mhtlc.org.

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