When I found out about NHC, I knew it was a great fit for me because it allows me to dedicate my time full time to service and gain more clinical exposure at the same time.
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Educational background: B.A. in Neuroscience, Minor in Healthcare Studies – University of Southern California (USC)
Host Site: I.M. Sulzbacher Center
What is your title and role at your host site?
As a patient navigator at the Sulzbacher Pharmacy, I will spend most of my time screening low-income and homeless patients for Prescription Assistance Programs eligibility and helping them through the application process. Additionally, I will be helping patients enroll in SNAP benefits and teaching classes on mental health, tobacco cessation, and diabetes health education.
Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
I decided to take two gap years between finishing my undergraduate education and starting medical school because I wanted more exposure to a variety of clinical environments and patient populations. This past year, I worked as a medical assistant in a private ophthalmology practice, and for the next year I want to serve and work with marginalized populations. When I found out about NHC, I knew it was a great fit for me because it allows me to dedicate my time full time to service and gain more clinical exposure at the same time.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I am hoping to gain more experience and familiarity working in a clinical environment with underserved patient populations. I plan to serve these populations as a healthcare provider in the future. I hope this program will help me further develop professional skills and cultural competence. I also look forward to spending time working with other motivated individuals who are passionate about service.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I am currently applying to medical school and hoping to start in the fall of 2019.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I envision hopefully completing medical school and preparing to start a medical residency program.