For far too long, too many members of the Peace Corps community have faced significant health challenges stemming from their service, and have often felt forgotten and alone in their personal battle to get better.

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 marked the National Peace Corps Association’s second annual Health Justice Awareness Day, designed to bringing more attention to these issues, and to take action. Building upon meetings, conversations and activities over the past year, this year’s Awareness Day focused on four actions to respond.  

  1. Take Action with Congress

  2. Soft Launch Fundraising for NPCA’s Benevolent Fund

  3. Webinar: Building a National Health Support Network (For NPCA Affiliate Group Leaders)

  4. Community Exposure Via Social Media

Take Action with Congress

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: Introduce legislation and build the list of co-sponsors during NPCA’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day on September 22nd.

Soft Launch Fundraising for NPCA’s Benevolent Fund

We all know the challenges of Peace Corps service. And, whether it is challenges related to illnesses or injuries, or other factors that since service have impacted one’s life, there are members of the Peace Corps community who have fallen upon hard times and could use some help. We urge you to help us during this soft launch fundraiser to start building an NPCA Benevolent 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 conferernce, Peace Corps Connect.

Webinar: Building a National Health Support Network (For NPCA Affiliate Group Leaders)

With dozens of 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.

Goal: Develop a national health support network and report progress during a workshop session planned at Peace Corps Connect.

Communtiy Exposure via Social Media

Follow us on FacebookTwitter 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 many RPCVs face health challenges and hardships upon returning home, and that we all have an obligation to support them.

Goal: Triple the social media reach of our social media posts related to health care justice.