Noriko Katagiri

Personally, I look forward to building lasting relationships with NHC members who are dedicated to service.

Hometown:
Bethesda, Maryland
 
Educational background:
B.S. in Family Science, B.S. in Biology, University of Maryland
 
Host Site:
The Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Dental Clinic
 
What is your title and role at your host site?
As a patient navigator at Sulzbacher Center, I will spend most of my time screening patients with low health literacy for dental service eligibility and explaining eligibility requirements. I will also be involved in referring patients to necessary services as well as performing dental service outreach.
 
Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
This past year, I had the opportunity to work at a private pediatric practice, and I wanted to spend this upcoming year serving vulnerable populations while continuing to gain clinical exposure. In addition, I wanted to act upon my interest in public health – specifically health disparities and social determinants of health. The National Health Corps seemed like the perfect program because it integrates all of these elements and would allow me to develop professional skills necessary as a future healthcare provider.

What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I hope to gain experience working with underserved individuals in a clinical environment, gain a better understanding of obstacles to healthcare, and make a meaningful impact in the community. Personally, I look forward to building lasting relationships with NHC members who are dedicated to service.
 
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
After AmeriCorps, I plan to go to medical school and pursue a career as a primary care physician.
 
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I intend to be finishing medical school and preparing to start a residency program.
 
Home Town:
Bethesda, MD
Host Site: