John Newman

 "I joined the NHC Florida program because I wanted to unequivocally devote a year of service to a cause I believe in: Ensuring that my fellow man/woman has access to quality healthcare."

Hometown: I moved around Metro Atlanta a lot throughout my life, but I consider my hometown area to be Forsyth County, GA and Alpharetta, GA.

Educational background: I will be receiving my Bachelors of Science Degree in Microbiology from the University of Georgia during the summer of 2017.

Host Site: River Region Human Services

What is your title and role at your host site? I am the Patient Navigator at River Region Human Services. My service will be divided among these important tasks: Health education for the prevention and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases, aiding in prescription obtainment for applicable clients, linking members of the community with resources and programs beneficial to their health, and assisting members of the community who are pregnant, or suffering from postpartum and addiction, with healthcare screenings and appointments.

Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program? I joined the NHC Florida program because I wanted to unequivocally devote a year of service to a cause I believe in: Ensuring that my fellow man/woman has access to quality healthcare, and to the tools required to live a happy and healthy life!

What are you hoping to gain from your year of service? I hope to leave my service term feeling that I have helped make the world a better place to the best of my ability with my time at River Region. I also hope to build meaningful friendships, and gain invaluable skills such as the ability to effectively navigate the healthcare field.

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service? I will hopefully matriculate into medical school after my year of service.

Where do you envision yourself in 5 years? In five years, I hope to be completing medical school and starting to specialize in either Infectious Disease or Pathology.
 

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