Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Educational background: B.S. in Microbiology and Cell Science and Minors in Health Disparities and Chemistry from UF
Host Site: Agape Community Health Center
What is your title and role at your host site?
As a patient navigator, I will help patients move through the complexities of the healthcare system and connect them with beneficial community resources. I plan to follow up with every patient to ensure all of their needs are met, and to provide patient education on necessary health information.
Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
I grew up in Jacksonville and saw this program as a great opportunity to give back to my hometown. In college, I learned a lot about health disparities in an educational setting, and I feel that this position will allow me to directly play a role in advancing health equity.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I hope to learn more about how to successively improve health outcomes for underserved communities. I also hope to make a positive impact on many families in need and on my local community.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I hope to matriculate into a medical school following my year of service.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years? I envision myself graduating from medical school and beginning a residency in a field I am passionate about.