Noel Saraceno

"Service has always been a huge part of my life, and I think that this program is an awesome way to learn more about public health, while giving back to the community"

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
 

Educational background: BS in Biology with a minor in Spanish

Host Site: THE PLAYERS Center- Wolfson Children’s Hospital

What is your title and role at your host site? (
I will be the Care Coordinator at the PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Within this role, I will help families obtain health insurance through the CHIP program, and I will teach both nutrition and safety classes.

Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
I joined the NHC Florida AmeriCorps program because I was ready to begin a new chapter in my life. Originally, I had my heart set on another host site, but the minute I had my interview with the PLAYERS Center, I feel in love with the job before I was even offered the position. I loved the way my new supervisors spoke about their program with passion and heart. I knew that was something that I wanted to be a part of, while working in the public health field. I hope that during my time there, I too will speak about the PLAYERS Center with the same passion that they had. 

What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?

I am hoping to gain new knowledge and experiences during my year of service. Like most students after college, I don’t really know what it is I want to be when I “grow up.” Service has always been a huge part of my life, and I think that this program is an awesome way to learn more about public health, while giving back to the community. 

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?

To be honest, I’m not really sure. I do know that I would like to further my education in the health field. During my senior year of my undergrad, I started looking into Public Health. I could see myself earning a Masters in their field.

Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
I would like to have a Masters degree within the next five years and working in a children’s hospital of the sort. It is disheartening to see a sick child walk through the hospital, but there is not greater feeling then watching them walk out of the hospital healthy and ready to be the next generation of heroes.

 

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