Savannah Harris

My previous experiences in public health over the last several years helped me to realize that I am very passionate about being involved in bringing resources and health education to underprivileged or marginalized communities.

Hometown:
Jacksonville, FL
 
Educational background:
Bachelors of Science in Integrative Health Science from Stetson University. Minor in Public Health.
 
Host Site:
JASMYN (Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network)
 
What is your title and role at your host site?
I will be serving as care coordinator. As a care coordinator at JASMYN, I will be providing a variety of direct clinical and educational services to high-risk LGBT youth and will engage in building and maintaining community partnerships in Jacksonville to expand the offerings provided to LGBT youth within the JASMYN service center. In this role, I will be supporting JASMYN’s Sexual Health Clinic, Mental Health Services, Health Education programming, and CyberCenter.

Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
I want to do something meaningful with my time after finishing my undergraduate studies before pursuing a graduate degree. My previous experiences in public health over the last several years helped me to realize that I am very passionate about being involved in bringing resources and health education to underprivileged or marginalized communities. Doing a year of service at JASMYN is an excellent avenue to help others while engaging in my passion. As a Jacksonville native, this program in particular stuck out to me as a great opportunity to gain valuable public health experience during my gap year while giving back to my own community.

What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I hope to complete my year of service feeling like I have helped to make a difference in my community and gain hands-on experience in the field of public health. I also hope to develop confidence in my leadership and organizational skills that I can use in my future career in the public health field.

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
After my year of service with AmeriCorps, I hope to pursue a Master of Public Health and specialize in Epidemiology.

Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I hope to have completed an MPH and be (ideally) working on a PhD in something related to Epidemiology.  I hope that my career will take me to many different countries and environments while working in global health. Right now, I especially want to work with preventative infrastructure in places that lack it, and to track down emerging infectious diseases in the third world, but as I gain more experience I am sure I will be open to other parts of epidemiology as well.