Geeta Acharya

Educational background: Bachelors in Human Health from Emory University.

What is your title and role at your host site?
I will be working as an outreach coordinator at ACHD – BASE.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
The main reason why I took a gap year in between my bachelors and masters is to be able to extend my textbook knowledge into some practical, hands-on knowledge. AmeriCorps does just that!  I want to be able to understand and serve the community in which I live and will also make an impact on one day. Additionally, I am interested in public health, and working alongside members who are just as passionate or interested in this subject will give me a network of people from whom I could learn and grow from.

What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I hope to gain a deeper insight into what it means to work as a public health professional working towards the goal of better community health.

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
After AmeriCorps, I plan on applying for MPH programs and pursuing a master’s degree in Epidemiology.

Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I envision myself having completed graduate studies with a few years of work experience under my belt. I aim to apply to a PhD program in which I could do research and hopefully be able to take the field of public a step further. I also hope to be volunteering in numerous non-profit organizations and still learning through service.

Home Town:
Pittsburgh, PA
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