Lisa Drew

 "The NHC Florida AmeriCorps program is presenting an opportunity to positively impact lives while exposing me more to the public health field"

Hometown: Hazel Park, Michigan
 
Educational background: Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a minor in Epidemiology, Global Public Health, and Bioethics from Michigan State University. GO GREEN!
 
Host Site: Sulzbacher Center
 
What is your title and role at your host site?
I will be a Health and Life Skills Educator at the Sulzbacher Center. Meaning, I will be responsible for creating, facilitating, and coordinating classes on both health and non-health related topics. I will be assisting residents with resume workshops, job placements, health literarcy skills, and helping them understand the meaning of, and achieve, a healthier lifestyle. Through this position I will be giving residents a chance at a better quality of life in both health and non-health regards.
 
Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
Throughout my undergraduate career, I fell in love with helping others create a better life for themselves. I fell in love with doing something of substance- truly making a change in someone’s life to give them an opportunity at healthier and happier life. The NHC Florida AmeriCorps program is presenting an opportunity to positively impact lives while exposing me more to the public health field, which is everything I’m looking for at this stage of my life. This program is also giving me the chance to meet other young people who share my passion for changing lives and I’m looking forward to people understanding my devotion to helping.

What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
Throughout my year of service, I hope that I gain direction in terms of what I’m truly passionate about because I’m not completely sure what sparks a fire within my soul. I hope that my service brings me a solid understanding of public health and the different pathways within it. I’m excited to learn and coordinate nutrition classes, as well as sharpen my resume and interviewing skills. Additionally, I hope that I genuinely make a difference for the Sulzbacher Center and its residents.
 
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
After AmeriCorps, I’m not completely sure what I will be doing. As of right now, I want to dedicate majority of my 20’s to ensuring that others are given the same opportunities to live a happy and healthy life, as I was. When I feel as if I touched as many lives possible, for that moment, I want to go back to school for my masters in either business or public health.
 
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I see a lot of hope. I hope that I have influenced thousands of lives for the better. I hope I am ending my travels from around the world and coming back to the United States to get my masters. Lastly, I hope that I have a better idea of what I would like to do for a career, but other than that, I’m unsure.