Educational background: B.S in Nutrition and Food Science and Public Health from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.
What is your title and role at your host site?
Care Coordinator at UPMC Children’s Hospital and Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health. I will be educating healthcare providers on the sociocultural aspects of access to healthy foods, linking patients to food-based community resources, and developing programming with the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.
Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I have a great love for cities. The great curse of cities, though, is that they can shape health behaviors in a negative way. The health disparities that exist in cities has been largely ignored for quite some time, and I find my place in the world to be working against these disparities. National Health Corps allows me the unique opportunity to place myself in the field of community health.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I hope to gain an understanding of the specific ways in which we can work to improve the health of people. I want to learn how to develop new programs and improve on existing programs that create conditions in which people’s default decisions are healthy ones.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I plan to do a graduate program in public health or community health.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I hope to have at least a master’s degree, and be working with health initiatives at a local level.