Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development (emphasis in Applied
Developmental Science) and a minor in Dance Pedagogy from California State University, Northridge.
Host Site: I.M. Sulzbacher Center
What is your title and role at your host site?
I will be serving as a Patient Navigator at the Sulzbacher Beaches Medical host site. The center’s mission emphasizes empowering homeless individuals and improving their quality of life through providing services such as primary care, behavioral health care, dental care, and the prescription assistance program (PAP). My role as a patient navigator is to assist homeless individuals in understanding the eligibility forms, validating the eligibility of patients, walking them through the process of receiving medical services at the Sulzbacher Center, providing health education to patients, and bridging the gaps in patient therapy through management of the prescription assistance program.
Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
Throughout my education and experience I noticed that many people fall through the cracks in the healthcare system because they simply don’t know options for healthcare access and/or because of lack of opportunity. Through doing research I noticed that the NHC Florida program works to bridge the gaps in underprivileged communities by advocating for patients through providing them with services to improve their quality of life. NHC Florida provides services from providing for the basic needs of human beings to services that help individuals gain the ability to sustain a quality life of their own. I joined the NHC Florida program to see firsthand how to make a difference in the community and learn how to advocate for patients while serving a purpose that benefits the community.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I hope to gain experience and skills that will contribute to my growth as a patient advocate. As I interact with individuals and provide services with the goal of improving their quality of life, I hope to gain insight into underserved communities so that I can understand what I can do to make a difference. I hope to gain a holistic view of patient care that I can use as guidance in my future endeavors in the medical field.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I plan to apply to Physician Assistant master’s program as I pursue a career in the medical field.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
I envision myself working as Physician Assistant (PA) emphasizing holistic healthcare practices and using my experience in the NHC Florida program as motivation to continue to contribute to the well-being of others through patient advocacy.