"I absolutely enjoy community service and the National Health Corps is an organization that gives me an opportunity to work with underserved community members."
Hometown: Lutz, Florida
Educational background: Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Florida; Master’s degree in Health Education and Behavior from the University of Florida
Host Site: UF Health Jacksonville
What is your title and role at your host site?
I am serving as the Care Coordinator at UF Health – Healthy Start (Jacksonville). In this position, I will provide health screenings and health education to pregnant mothers on healthy pregnancies and infant development. I will also work with the UF Health - Healthy Start Team in increasing access to healthcare and various resources for pregnant mothers.
Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
I joined the National Health Corps program because I believe in service learning – a concept that involves teaching and learning through purposeful community service. I absolutely enjoy community service and the National Health Corps is an organization that gives me an opportunity to work with underserved community members.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I hope to gain valuable experiences working with community members in a healthcare setting that can help me become a better physician in the future. I would like to learn to better advocate for equal healthcare access and health education in order for individuals to live healthier and happier lives.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
My plan after AmeriCorps service is to attend medical school and serve my patients with a thorough understanding of the dimensions of wellness and health disparities.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
I hope to be in or complete medical school in the next 5 years. I also hope to increase community access to healthcare and work with communities affected by health disparities.