Hometown: Milford, DE
Educational background: BA in Public Policy with a minor in Biological Sciences from the University of Delaware
Host Site: The PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital
What is your title and role at your host site?
I am serving as a Health Educator at the PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. In this position, I will be working with the PLAYERS Center and the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation to implement the NFL’s Play 60 program in local public and charter schools. To do this I will be developing a curriculum that promotes sixty minutes of physical activity a day while also incorporating health and nutrition education into the program’s implementation. It is my long term goal in this position to decrease childhood obesity through these school programs. In addition to this, I will also be responsible for providing developmentally appropriate health and nutrition programming in pre-scheduled classroom and community-based settings, and participating in community health events to provide unintentional injury prevention education.
Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
I joined the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program in order to subject myself to real-world conditions and realities that I will likely face as a future healthcare provider. I believe this type of work and exposure will provide me with a comprehensive background and knowledge base that is extremely important to have as a medical provider and as someone that wants to one-day help shape public policy. Additionally, I have always had a passion for helping others, and to be able to do so while gaining hands-on experience in public health is an invaluable experience. I’m hoping after this year of service I will have a clearer understanding of which area of public health I want to pursue in the future.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
From this program, I hope to develop a deeper, more holistic understanding of population health and
health promotion. By immersing myself in the life and perspective of a medically underserved population for a year, I feel I can better serve populations and those in need in the future, in a way that reflects all aspects of health. Additionally, I hope to further develop my leadership and communication skills, and my ability to connect with patients. Service is a very intimate way to connect with others, especially when it is in regards to their health. I hope from this program to achieve not only workforce skills to take with me, but also the ability to truly connect and relate to patients.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
After my AmeriCorps service, I plan to pursue admission to a Physician Assistant school with an MPH dual degree program.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I hope to be working as a Physician Assistant in a public health capacity, while also advocating for health care policies that support medically underserved populations.