Hometown: Northbrook, IL
Educational background: BS in Ecology; Evolutionary Biology from Tulane University, 2016
Host Site: Sulzbacher Beaches Clinic
What is your title and role at your host site?
As a patient advocate, my primary responsibility will be to help qualifying patients sign up for Patient Assistance Programs (PAP). PAPs are offered by drug companies in order to make medication more affordable for low-income individuals. In addition I will be working with patients to help schedule specialty appointments outside of the clinic and assess their eligibility for primary care services within the clinic.
Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
I joined this program for two reasons. First, it provides the opportunity to experience different roles taken by health professionals in a very meaningful way. Second, it brings together like-minded people of similar age who form a supportive community with one another.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I am hoping to gain a better understanding of my interests within public health/medicine. In addition, I hope to acquire a range of professional skills from learning how to appropriately communicate with diverse peoples in a healthcare setting to gaining experience living a 9am-5pm lifestyle. I also want to share fun experiences with my fellow AmeriCorps members!
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I am not sure at the moment.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
Working to complete an advanced degree in preparation for a career in healthcare.