Bachelors of Science in Integrative Health Science from Stetson University. Minor in Public Health.
JASMYN (Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network)
What is your title and role at your host site?
I will be serving as care coordinator. As a care coordinator at JASMYN, I will be providing a variety of direct clinical and educational services to high-risk LGBT youth and will engage in building and maintaining community partnerships in Jacksonville to expand the offerings provided to LGBT youth within the JASMYN service center. In this role, I will be supporting JASMYN’s Sexual Health Clinic, Mental Health Services, Health Education programming, and CyberCenter.
Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
I want to do something meaningful with my time after finishing my undergraduate studies before pursuing a graduate degree. My previous experiences in public health over the last several years helped me to realize that I am very passionate about being involved in bringing resources and health education to underprivileged or marginalized communities. Doing a year of service at JASMYN is an excellent avenue to help others while engaging in my passion. As a Jacksonville native, this program in particular stuck out to me as a great opportunity to gain valuable public health experience during my gap year while giving back to my own community.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I hope to complete my year of service feeling like I have helped to make a difference in my community and gain hands-on experience in the field of public health. I also hope to develop confidence in my leadership and organizational skills that I can use in my future career in the public health field.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
After my year of service with AmeriCorps, I hope to pursue a Master of Public Health and specialize in Epidemiology.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I hope to have completed an MPH and be (ideally) working on a PhD in something related to Epidemiology. I hope that my career will take me to many different countries and environments while working in global health. Right now, I especially want to work with preventative infrastructure in places that lack it, and to track down emerging infectious diseases in the third world, but as I gain more experience I am sure I will be open to other parts of epidemiology as well.