BA in Anthropology: Global Health and the Environment, minor in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis
Why did you join NHC?
I joined NHC because the organizations in the program and the positions members serve in take care of patients and communities in ways that go beyond treating their medical symptoms. In a medical system where money and efficacy exact more control than anyone would like them to over how patients are treated, choosing to take care rather than to treat is a radical thing (even though it shouldn't be). Serving with NHC gives me the chance to better understand why things are the way they are and the future role I can take to increase access and care for patients and communities who need it most.
What are your plans after NHC?
After NHC, I want to continue working in communities doing health-related work or political organizing before eventually moving on to graduate school.
What sparked your interest in community service?
My volunteer experiences with youth engagement programs and community nonprofit work in St. Louis intensified my interest in community service. Not only did it show me how service and community work can be ways to stand up for what's right, it also helped me form my own community and feel at home in St. Louis.
What excites you the most about serving in Philadelphia?
How walkable/bikeable it is!
What is your favorite food?
My grandma's bun bo hue (Vietnamese spicy beef noodle soup)