Hometown: Cary, NC
Educational background:Bachelors in Public Policy with a focus on Health Policy and a minor in Chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill
Host Site: River Region Human Services
What is your title and role at your host site?
I will serve as the Case Manager at River Region Human Services, which entails working one-‐on-‐one with patients to connect them to resources that can complement the treatment via accounting for social determinants and issues. It also involves creating/running clinic projects throughout the year.
Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
I joined NHC because I wanted to experience working with a disadvantaged community in a healthcare capacity. I want to get a better understanding of what social issues and blockades affect a community’s ability to receive and benefit from treatment. I would like to explore the notion that one pill does not fit all; each patient is an individual must be treated as such.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I hope to gain insight into how the social needs of a disadvantaged or underserved community affect their health outcomes, and how healthcare providers (and facilities) can better address them.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I hope to pursue medical school and a career in a field of healthcare that allows me to build deep relationships with patients and address health issues and social determinants of health simultaneously.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I would most likely be in my last few years of medical school, perhaps with an added MPH as well!