Philadelphia Members

"I want to orient my professional life towards those on the margins, and volunteering for a year with AmeriCorps offers the chance to test and refine that commitment."

"I joined NHC because it offered hands-on, experience working with diverse patient populations and many different health care professionals in an urban setting, opportunities for continued professional development through training and seminars, and the chance to completely immerse myself in a new city and unique communities."

"I spent a semester abroad during my junior year of college in a service-learning program in the Dominican Republic. There I participated in an internship at an urban and resource-poor hospital that served a community plagued by the hardships of social and economic poverty. This experience changed my idea of what it means to perform service for a community and ultimately, the importance of being received within the community."

"I joined the National Health Corps because I want to use my educational privilege in a way that helps to make positive change in the health care system. I am excited to serve as a prenatal patient advocate and care coordinator in Southwest Philly and learn about the realities of navigating care."

"During college, I was an HIV test counselor. I tested students for HIV and worked with them to develop practical plans to reduce risk of HIV and STI transmission. Through these interactions, I learned to appreciate the importance of understanding and respecting each person's story, as more than a means toward a clinical diagnosis."

"I've always enjoyed helping people in one shape or another, and community service allows me to spend my energy and time where it is needed. My first experience doing community service was working at the food bank with my church's junior youth group."

"I hope to improve others' health literacy and serve as an advocate and ally towards those I'm serving."

"Since my career interests are health care related, I thought the best way to learn about medicine and to make a difference in peoples lives was through the National Health Corps."

"I have always loved the idea of doing things because I want to and not for the money. If I have the ability to help others with the skills and passions that I have, I believe it is important to do so!"

"I joined NHC to better understand how health and social justice play out in the lives of Philadelphians, and to develop greater empathy through service."

"People matter, and communities matter. Growing up in a suburban bubble, I made a conscious decision to immerse myself in the Baltimore community where I went for school. Through working alongside Baltimorean teens and community organizers, I developed a strong understanding of the issues and needs in the city."

"After learning about the social determinants of health and health disparities in class, I began to view medicine through a different lens, one that expanded beyond the doctor’s office to the community. I joined National Health Corps to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between health and the community."

"I worked as an English as a second language tutor through a health center for refugees in Buffalo, NY. I was constantly inspired by the people I met who had already endured so many obstacles, and yet continued to persevere by learning a new language and adopting to completely different cultural customs. I often think of these individuals, as their stories motivate me and remind me that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to."

"I was involved in a student organization which would go to elementary schools and science festivals to present small Neuroscience demos to children. The purpose was to expand the community's awareness of the study of neuroscience as well as to pique children's interest in higher education."

"Being a member of HealthCorps provides me with the opportunity to gain more real world experience working and developing programs for community organizations."

"After my year of service, I hope to continue on my path to becoming a healthcare professional. I envision that my experiences this year navigating healthcare with culturally diverse families will inform my vision of compassionate care."

"During my undergrad I volunteered in the ER at a hospital nearby my campus.  This experience was important to the development of my interest in both clinical medicine and public health."

"Serving with NHC is my second term of service with AmeriCorps. I was a proud member of FEMA Corps, Class 23A during the 2016/2017 service year. While completing my first service year, I discovered my passion for public health."

"I am passionate about the disparities in healthcare and alleviating barriers to accessing care, which is a central value of the National Health Corps."

"I remember in elementary school going to Feed My Starving Children with my class and being so excited when I saw how much of a difference we would make in so many kids' lives. I realized how only a little bit of extra effort can make a huge difference for someone else, and I was pushed in the direction of spending my life in the pursuit of helping others."

"As an undergraduate, I researched the history of eugenics in my home state of Virginia. This history demonstrates how medical science intersects with race, gender, and class to shape health policy and practice."

"In my senior year of college, I participated in a research project called the Fourtitude Study. The Fourtitude Study is a four-year longitudinal study across four universities that focuses on determining how college students build resiliency over their four years in school and what universities can do to better help their students succeed. I worked specifically in mental health, conducting interviews with students to have candid discussions about changes in their mental health while in school."

"I wanted to give back to the community that helped raise me while simultaneously learning and gaining experience in the public health field."

"I joined the National Health Corps because I was excited by the opportunity to provide focused support to a community organization and to obtain a practical understanding of public health implementation."