Educational background: BS Molecular Biology – University of Denver; MSc Global Health and Public Policy – University of Edinburgh
What is your title and role at your host site?
Maternal Child Health Coordinator at UPMC Shadyside
Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
Through studying molecular biology as an undergraduate, I developed an understanding of health and healing at a cellular level. My graduate studies in global health complemented that by granting me a comprehension of health challenges at the population level. However, it was through my empirical experiences in healthcare delivery around the world that I developed a resolve to fight health disparities, advocate for social justice, and alleviate human suffering at the community level through combined efforts in medicine and public health. As such, NHC seemed like the perfect opportunity to do precisely that before starting medical school next year.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I have a deep passion for both public health and medicine, however I often have doubts of how these two fields can harmoniously blend to improve health and prevent disease for both individual patients and communities. Thus, through this service, I hope to gain a more comprehensive understanding of how these two fields, which are sometimes at odds, can work together at the forefront of American healthcare.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
As I recently applied to medical school for matriculation in fall 2018, I hopefully will begin medical school after my AmeriCorps service. I hope to attend a school that has a dual-degree MPH program, emphasizes preventative medicine, and provides global health opportunities.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
Ultimately, I aspire to practice medicine at the intersection between the clinic and the community, as a primary care physician. Thus, 5 years from now, I envision myself serving medically underserved populations at a community health center. While I hope to provide my patients with whole-person and preventative care, I also aspire to extend my efforts beyond the clinic to advocate for the well-being of the wider community. I wish to lead health outreach programs that will aim to target the root causes of disease and health disparities, empowering others to improve their health in the process. Moreover, I wish to be a positive force for change, transforming the delivery of healthcare to be more inclusive, comprehensive, and preventative.