Bachelor’s of Science in Human Biology from Stanford University
JASMYN (Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network)
What is your title and role at your host site?
I will be a care coordinator at Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN). As a care coordinator, I will provide health education and social services to high-risk LGBT youth, as well as help enroll them in JASMYN’s case management ACCESS program. I will also build and maintain community partnerships to expand the services offered to LGBT youth at the service center. In addition, I will help distribute health assessments, risk screenings, and connect youth to mental health, counseling, and addiction recovery resources.
Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
After my service in the Peace Corps ended unexpectedly, I knew I wanted to continue to do meaningful work in a community health setting. I think service with the National Health Corps is an excellent opportunity to continue serving communities in need and help connect people to the resources and education they need to lead healthy and happy lives. I also think it’s a great way to learn from public health professionals and gain valuable experience working in public health.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I hope to learn more about navigating and working within the American health care system from seasoned professionals. I hope to gain valuable experience and new skills working in public health, and I hope to develop my leadership and project planning skills. I also hope to make a positive impact on the community I serve and in the lives of those I come across, no matter how small. I also hope to improve my cultural competency, especially as it pertains to working with LGBT communities.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I hope to pursue a Master’s of Public Health, perhaps with a concentration in public health policy.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
I hope to have obtained an MPH, and I hope to be having a positive impact on the health policy field, perhaps as a lobbyist or an analyst.