Leonie Cohen

"The NHC Florida program provides me with an opportunity to contribute to and learn from organizations working to promote wellness in underserved communities"

Hometown: Conshohocken, PA

Educational background: Biological Anthropology from Swarthmore College

Host Site: Hubbard House

What is your title and role at your host site? 
I will be serving at the Hubbard House as the Violence Prevention Facilitator for Youth. I will collaborate with local K-12 students to promote healthy relationships throughout their community. I will also facilitate presentations and discussions in child-centered and educational sites across the community, including the Hubbard House residential shelter. These presentations will focus on promoting healthy relationships and violence prevention, and will spreading awareness of signs of abusive relationships.

Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
I am very passionate about the importance of access to health care and community resources. The NHC Florida program provides me with an opportunity to contribute to and learn from organizations working to promote wellness in underserved communities. It also connects me to community leaders, community organizers, and a supportive group of other service members, all of whom share my passion for community health care and wellness.

What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I am hoping to learn and grow in as many ways as possible. I am eager to gain a knowledge and an understanding of the Public Health field that only comes from on-the-ground service. I am excited to form lasting connections with my mentors and fellow service members. I am most looking forward forming meaningful connections with the individuals I am serving and to knowing that I was able to contribute to their wellbeing.

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I am planning to pursue a Masters in Public Health, or perhaps a joint Masters in Public Health and Social Work.

Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
I envision myself working to improve both the quality of and access to healthcare and community resources, with a focus on the wellbeing of women and children.
 

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