Pittsburgh Members

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I was looking for a gap year opportunity that would keep me in Pittsburgh. I wanted to be in a setting where I could learn about healthcare disparities and work to remove the barriers that people face in accessing quality care.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I wanted to be a part of a service organization after graduating college. I joined the National Health Corps specifically because it combines public health with service initiatives. I thought it would benefit me to learn more about health inequities that exist in the Pittsburgh community. In my opinion, to improve the health of those in underserved communities is a very rewarding experience.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

The National Health Corps is a great opportunity to challenge myself and grow in expanding my knowledge about public health by directly engaging with the local community. I want to learn how to connect with diverse populations as I learn about the health challenges that they face. I am also excited to be part of this amazing group of student volunteers as we work together in service projects to support the local community.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I was looking for an opportunity to return to the Greater Pittsburgh Area and work in public health. I’m excited to have found a position that will allow me to apply what I’ve learned, while serving my community and exploring my public health interests.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I have lived in Pittsburgh for 4 years while completing my undergraduate degree. I absolutely love this city and wanted to find an opportunity to work in public health in this area before continuing with further schooling. I was so excited to find this program and my position specifically, since I am able to apply my passion in preventative medicine in underserved communities.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I grew up with a strong connection to serving various communities in Pittsburgh through cultural events and volunteer organizations. My experiences motivated me to pursue a full year dedicated to serving Pittsburgh communities facing health disparities and unequal access to care.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I joined the National Health Corps to understand more about the public health needs on my community and expand upon my pre-medical education through service.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
Coming from a background of practicing paramedicine, I have often seen many patients fall through the cracks of our health care system due to simply not knowing the endless resources that are available. After exploring many programs, I found NHC Pittsburgh’s commitment towards decreasing these disparities an excellent foundation of patient advocacy. Additionally, I joined AmeriCorps to meet likeminded individuals who are passionate about health care and build long lasting friendships.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I believe it is important to see and understand the many factors that contribute to the health of the population. I also believe in the importance of giving back and helping those around you that need it most. The National Health Corps was the perfect way for me to help others while learning about the social determinants of health.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
During my undergraduate, I’ve been able to do research that has investigated issues of unequal access to health and in my gap year before starting medical school, I want to have an active role and can be directly involved in a program like National Health Corps that deals with promoting health to underserved communities.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?​

I joined the National Health Corps because it fit perfectly with my passion for service and desire to gain hands-on public health experience. I knew NHC would provide a unique opportunity for me to spend a year of direct service in a clinical setting, and I look forward to learning from both patients and providers on where our healthcare system is falling short, and how I can use that knowledge to make a meaningful difference in my community.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
During my undergraduate education, I studied neuroscience and became extremely interested in the biology that underlies psychiatric disorders.  This interest led me to the realization that current treatment options are often not ideal and that many people face barriers in accessing treatment, which can have devastating consequences.  I wanted to take some time before medical school to do my part in changing outcomes for people with neuropsychiatric diagnoses who may feel hopeless at the lack of treatment options, stigmatized by society, or marginalized by their disorder.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
Everyone deserves access to healthy, affordable and quality nutrition care. As food pantries find themselves at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis, many families are now facing an often overwhelming need to prepare their own food at home, sometimes with food they have never seen before, or do not know how to cook. We need to work towards solutions that connect nutrition education, access, affordability, variety, and distribution. I want to apply my skills to enhance the health and well-being of these underserved populations. I chose to serve with AmeriCorps to gain a deeper understanding of the social and physical determinants of health, as well as the health inequalities that exist in our healthcare system so that I can be a part of the solution. Healthy bodies and minds require nutritious meals at every age. Safe, available, and accessible food has never been more relevant than it is now.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
During my time in college, I took many sociology and public health classes which emphasized the relationship between health, policy, poverty, race, and education. I learned that to be a change-agent in medicine, I need to think critically about the social, economic, and political factors that affect a person’s well-being in addition to the biological factors. I joined the National Health Corps because I believe it is a hands-on public health experience that will help me understand and tackle the issues I have spent the last four years learning and growing passionate about.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I joined the National Health Corps in order to benefit medically underserved communities and increase their access to health care. I believe that every person has a right to quality health care and I am excited to support organizations working to provide these services in Pittsburgh.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I joined National Health Corps because I wanted a full-time opportunity to immerse myself in service and help connect people with needed health care and resources. Additionally, I wanted to engage in an experience that would show me factors beyond science and medicine that impact a person’s health, access to care, and adherence to treatment.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I joined the National Health Corps because service is an integral part of my life and I wanted to use my gap year to learn more about our nation’s healthcare system. I also thought the National Health Corps would be a great way to apply what I have learned in my global health courses to real life circumstances. Finally, as a rural native, I believe my time in Pittsburgh will allow me to gain a better understanding of urban health disparities.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I joined AmeriCorps/National Health Corps because I carry a strong interest in serving my community, especially the underserved and vulnerable. I wanted to do something special and meaningful during my gap year, and I knew AmeriCorps/National Health Corps sounded like a perfect fit for me! It is the perfect opportunity to gain connections and build report with professionals not only at my host site, but in the field as well as with other members.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

Serving as a National Health Corps member would allow me to be engaged in an opportunity that would combine my interests in healthcare, service, and education. I believe that it is so essential to connect with people from different backgrounds, to hear their stories and perspectives, and to learn about the challenges they face in both their daily lives and in obtaining access to health services. The National Health Corps mission aligns with this goal as it will provide me with the ability to work closely with underserved populations and to learn more about the social determinants of health.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I want to provide support to vulnerable populations and National Health Corps is a unique opportunity to be of service to a community while also engaging in learning opportunities and growth with a diverse cohort.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
The main reason why I took a gap year in between my bachelors and masters is to be able to extend my textbook knowledge into some practical, hands-on knowledge. AmeriCorps does just that!  I want to be able to understand and serve the community in which I live and will also make an impact on one day. Additionally, I am interested in public health, and working alongside members who are just as passionate or interested in this subject will give me a network of people from whom I could learn and grow from.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I joined Americorps/ NHC because I am upset by the lack of health equity in the United States (specifically within Allegheny County) and I wanted to join an organization that would help me to address the underlying factors leading to poorer health outcomes in Pittsburgh underserved communities.