Educational background: I received my Bachelor of Science at the University of Tennessee with a major in Microbiology and a minor in Public Health.
What is your title and role at your host site?
Patient Navigator at Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center
Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I joined AmeriCorps/National Health Corps for the opportunity to fully immerse myself in a public health role within a new community. During college I discovered my passion for public health and community development. I was able to spend a lot of time volunteering in the community, however, I still had to divide my time between classes and other obligations as well. Serving with AmeriCorps will allow me to devote time to what I love all while meeting new people and living in a new city. I am excited for all of the new experiences and opportunities to grow and learn that I will have in this next year.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I am hoping to gain a better, and more complete understanding of what it is like to be a public health community worker in a new city and what challenges individuals face when seeking out healthcare. From growing up in the Appalachian region of Tennessee I have seen the health disparities that are present in a rural environment, but I want to learn more about urban environments. I also hope to gain new friendships and further direction for more specific career goals.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I will be applying for MPH/MD programs, and hope to travel some more.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I will hopefully be finishing up my MD/MPH, will be living and involved in a community that I love, will be trying new things as often as possible, and will hopefully have learned how to actually use a planner.