A main goal I hope to achieve is to effectively communicate, connect with, and learn about a diverse population of patients that I may not be exposed to otherwise.
Hometown: Warsaw, IN
Educational background: Indiana University Bloomington, B.S. Neuroscience
Host Site: I.M. Sulzbacher Center
What is your title and role at your host site?
As a Medical Eligibility Coordinator, I will primarily screen and assist patients with low health literacy as I help them understand and submit their information required for them to obtain access to free medications and medical services at the Sulzbacher Primary Clinic. Additionally, I will be documenting any issues that may necessitate a referral for special medical service or a case management follow up.
Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
The idea of taking time between college and further graduate education has been on my mind for a while, and I knew I wanted to spend a lot of the time productively by joining a service program such as AmeriCorps and also learning more about the healthcare field and the disparities found within it. National Health Corps fit both these boxes and more, so I jumped at the opportunity!
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
A main goal I hope to achieve is to effectively communicate, connect with, and learn about a diverse population of patients that I may not be exposed to otherwise. I also hope to learn about new ways to better make a difference in an underserved community, whether that difference is big or small. Lastly, I hope to form long-lasting relationships with other like-minded individuals and continue to grow as a person.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I intend on spending another year working in the healthcare field and volunteering as I prepare to apply to medical school.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
I envision myself being close to finishing up medical school!