Sarah Graves

I’m also excited to connect with my fellow NHC members, and build a network of compassionate public health workers who want to make a difference.

Hometown: Mundelein, Illinois

Educational background: Bachelors of Science in Sociology, Bachelors of Science in Community Health, and a Master’s of Public Health.

Host Site: Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center

What is your title and role at your host site? 
I will be the Outreach Coordinator, and my primary objectives will be to connect medical professionals with social service organizations to expand the reach of the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center. I will also be educating the community about speech and hearing conditions, and connecting them to services to improve their quality of life.


Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
I have the necessary background of knowledge from my Bachelors and Masters degrees, but I need real world public health experience to before I will consider myself truly proficient in the field. I believe that public health should be social justice oriented, and the work of the National Health Corps is just that.


What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I am capable of speaking in front of an audience of hundreds, but I want to learn how to talk one on one with someone and truly connect to them and their healthcare needs. I’m also excited to connect with my fellow NHC members, and build a network of compassionate public health workers who want to make a difference.


What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I would like to continue working with communities who have less access to healthcare. I am also interested in becoming a Public Health Advisor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
I can see myself working in a health department or a nonprofit healthcare center.