Labor and Economic Opportunity
As the Program Director and Site Supervisor in charge of Cherry Health AmeriCorps, Kayla Doyle has committed to supporting Cherry Health and the people of Grand Rapids, Michigan in any way she can.
Cherry Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center with a mission of “providing high quality health services to those who have little or no access to health care, regardless of income or insurance status.” Cherry Health provides a wide array of health services, including but not limited to primary care, mental health, dental, vision, and pharmacy services in more than twenty sites across the state. The Cherry Health AmeriCorps program expands the capacity of Cherry Health by increasing health care access and improving health in the community. Cherry Health AmeriCorps members provide interpretation services, help navigate healthcare resources, assist with outreach and enrollment for Medicaid and public benefits, and other important services.
Kayla is a Cherry Health AmeriCorps alumna, who served in 2008 at Burton Elementary and Middle School, and Ottawa Hills High School. After her term of service was over, she was hired as both the AmeriCorps Program Assistant and as a therapist at Burton Elementary. After two years as Program Assistant, she was offered the Program Director position at Cherry Health. After three years in that role she went on to work in health care administration at Cherry Health, and then returned to the Program Director position in 2018.
Kayla has also been leading the charge for the Cherry Health AmeriCorps COVID-19 response. As many of our members were already serving on the front lines of health care, the team needed extra to stay safe. When the COVID pandemic arrived, Kayla and her colleagues worked quickly to ensure the health and safety of Cherry Health’s AmeriCorps members as they continued to serve. Since March, members have served by providing interpretation during telehealth visits, preparing sites for COVID-19 testing, and connecting with each other through remote workshops.
Kayla has been instrumental in the continued success of the Cherry Health AmeriCorps program. Cherry Health AmeriCorps has had an exceptional member retention rate, with many members opting to do two or more years of service. Several program alumni have also been hired within the Cherry Health network after their term of service ends in various clinical and support roles.