Educational background: Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies with Medical Anthropology and Polish Language & Literature minors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
What is your title and role at your host site?
Patient Navigator at UPMC St. Margaret Bloomfield-Garfield Family Health Center
Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
Much of my undergraduate education and experiences influenced me to think about health and healthcare from a social perspective. Through this, I gained awareness of health disparities and inequities that people face across our country today, and I became motivated to confront these issues in a career in medicine. When deciding how I wanted to spend my gap year applying to medical school, I knew I wanted to do something meaningful and with an organization that shared my goals and values. Becoming a member of the National Health Corps seemed like a great opportunity to perform service that has the potential to be truly transformative, all while learning more about myself, my areas of interest in healthcare, and the communities I want to help most.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I hope to deepen my understanding of the experiences of individuals and communities affected by health disparities and barriers to care, so that I can better serve them and help to address these issues in my future work. I also hope to learn more about primary care and gain a clearer sense of how I can map my future work so that I can make a real difference.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I recently applied to medical school and hope to matriculate next summer.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I envision myself finishing medical school and planning the next steps of my career. No matter the specialty I ultimately pursue, I intend to incorporate forms of advocacy and outreach into my work that will help to bridge gaps in healthcare and empower those in need to achieve optimal wellness.