For far too long, too many members of the Peace Corps community have faced significant health challenges stemming from their service. As a community, we have the ability and strength to support individuals during their healing journey.
Thursday, June 22rd, 2017 will mark the National Peace Corps Association’s third annual Health Justice Awareness Day, designed to bring more attention to these issues, and to take action. Building upon meetings, conversations and activities over the past year, this year’s Awareness Day will focus on four actions to respond.
- Take Action with Congress
- Fundraising for NPCA’s Benevolence Fund
- Webinar: Building a National RPCV Peer Support Network
- Community Exposure Via Social Media
There is work underway in the U.S. Congress to introduce legislation aimed at improving health and safety for currently serving Peace Corps Volunteers and addressing health care needs of RPCVs with injuries and illnesses stemming from their service. Email your representatives urging them to finish and introduce proposed legislation.
Goal: Re-introduce legislation and build the list of co-sponsors starting in March.
Challenges of Peace Corps service related to illnesses, injuries, or other issues can affect Volunteers’ lives long after they return home, and there are members of our community who have fallen upon hard times and could use some help. We urge you to help us build an NPCA Benevolence Fund, which will provide modest financial support to Peace Corps community members in need, as resources allow.
Goal: Finalize application and selection criteria and formally launch the NPCA Benevolent Fund this September at our annual conference, Peace Corps Connect.
With over 160 NPCA affiliate groups all around the country, we invited group leaders to participate in an hour-long webinar on June 23rd at 8 PM Eastern time to discuss the establishment of a national health support network, featuring representatives of the Peace Corps, Health Justice for Peace Corps Volunteers, and more. Stay tuned for a webinar later this year.
Goal: Develop a national RPCV Peer Support Network and report progress during a workshop session planned at Peace Corps Connect.
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share our information, messaging and images related to health justice and other matters. Share our posts and tweets with those you know, mentioning that we have the ability to support fellow RPCVs that face challenges and hardships upon returning home.
Goal: Triple the social media reach of our social media posts related to health care justice.