Personally, I hope to form lasting relationships with fellow National Health Corps members based in a common passion to recognize and remedy healthcare disparities.
What is your title and role at your host site? I will be serving as a Patient Navigator at River Region Human Services (RRHS) in Jacksonville, Florida.
RRHS aids adults trying to recover from lifestyles dominated by addiction and co-occurring disorders with the goal of promoting long-term positive life changes. Throughout my service term I will be identifying various community services in the area, forming connections with representatives from those organizations, and referring RRHS program participants to local resources based on their individual needs.
Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
My interest in the National Health Corps stems from a compelling junction between my two academic majors. As a biology major, I took courses familiarizing myself with the various biological systems and pathways regulating the scientific balance of health. In my religion classes, I learned to appreciate the cultural aspects of modern societies stemming from traditional religious practices. I saw the National Health Corps as an opportunity to utilize these areas of academic study to gain a holistic understanding of contemporary healthcare issues of marginalized populations in the United States.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
As a future physician, I aim to gain practical knowledge in the social capabilities required to facilitate positive patient interactions built on trust and respect. Personally, I hope to form lasting relationships with fellow National Health Corps members based in a common passion to recognize and remedy healthcare disparities.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
After my term of service, I hope to further my education by matriculating into a medical school program and pursue my career goals of becoming a physician.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I intend to be completing my fourth-year of medical school. After which, I hope to pursue a residency program in a specialty challenging me to utilize my clinical, academic, and social experiences to provide a high-standard of individualized care to my future patients.