"Once I found out about this program, I knew that this would be the perfect opportunity to gain real world experience, while being able to learn more about our health care system."
Hometown: Gainesville, FL
Educational background: Bachelor of Public Health from University of Florida
Host Site: Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition
What is your title and role at your host site?
I will be serving as the Care Coordinator. I will be responsible for conducting outreach to women to create awareness about the services and resources that are available through Healthy Start, and enrolling interested members in the program. In addition, I will be providing nutrition education, opioid disposal, and health education classes to community members. These responsibilities contribute to the mission to improve the lives of women, infants, and families.
Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
In addition to getting the opportunity to help a community in need through service, I wanted to gain more experience in a public health setting before entering graduate school. Although I know want to pursue a career in public health, I am still undecided as to which specific career I would like to pursue. Once I found out about this program, I knew that this would be the perfect opportunity to gain real world experience, while being able to learn more about our health care system.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I hope to gain a deeper understanding about community health and the issues that are affecting community members. I’m also looking forward to developing my professional and leadership skills.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I would like to attend graduate school to receive my Master of Public Health.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I hope to have my Master of Public Health and possibly be working internationally with a nonprofit organization that focuses on maternal and child health.