Ariel Pereira

I joined the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program to gain more knowledge of medical care coordination in the non-profit sector, as well as diversify my experiences overall in public health, while giving back to the community.

Hometown: Fort Smith, AR

Educational background: Associate of Science in Biology, Baton Rouge Rouge Community College; Bachelor of Science (In Progress), Health Sciences, Public Health, University of West Florida

Host Site: River Region Human Services

What is your title and role at your host site? Patient Navigator – I will be assisting individuals affected by substance abuse and assist them in finding appropriate resources for holistic betterment of life and health.  This will include using the aid of public and host site resources to give clients control over their life again.


Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program? I joined the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program to gain more knowledge of medical care coordination in the non-profit sector, as well as diversify my experiences overall in public health, while giving back to the community.


What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?  I am hoping to gain better understanding of both non-profit and public sector public health inner workings.  I also hope to learn about the various methods and resources available for battling both substance abuse and mental health issues.


What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?  My plans after my AmeriCorps service is to continue my education in Public Health and finding a valuable way to both further my career and continue serving my community.


Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?  In 5 years, I see myself starting my Doctorate’s in Public Health & Epidemiology while fully establishing my career within the health field in either the non-profit or government sector.

Home Town:
Fort Smith, AR