McKenzie Rooney

"I joined the National Health Corps because I am passionate about eliminating the health disparities that exist in our country."

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Educational background: B.A in Biology with a minor in Global Health from University of Iowa

Host Site: The Sulzbacher Center

What is your title and role at your host site?
I am the Patient Navigator at the Sulzbacher Medical Center. I assist homeless and low-income patients with signing up for prescription assistance programs as well as food stamps.
 
Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
I joined the National Health Corps because I am passionate about eliminating the health disparities that exist in our country. I want to play a part in connecting underserved communities with resources that help them live happier, healthier lives. The National Health Corps program seemed like a great fit for me, because it gives members an opportunity to serve hands-on in underserved communities, and provide people with health education and resources that they would not have otherwise been able to access.
 
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I am hoping to gain a better understanding of how to interact with communities of people and address their specific health needs. I am also hoping to gain more leadership and communications skills, which will benefit me in my future career in the public health field. 
 
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I plan to attend graduate school to get a Master’s of Public Health.
 
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
I will have my MPH. I am still deciding on my concentration of study, but I will be working in either community/behavioral health research or environmental health research.

 

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