Will Freeman

 Through my service, I hope to make a difference, not just in the present, but for the future.

Hometown: Hoover, AL

Educational background:
In August 2018, I will graduate from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor from the Computer-Based Honors Program.

Host Site:
The PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital
What is your title and role at your host site?
As a Care Coordinator, my roles include health insurance enrollment and education through the CHIP initiative, community health education for schoolchildren, and injury prevention services through the Safe Kids program. During my time in Jacksonville, I will seek to not only fill those roles, but to also increase working capacity and efficiency in each of those areas. I can do this by publicizing the services the PLAYERS Center has to offer families with socioeconomic healthcare disparities.

Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
As a Birmingham resident, engineering student at the University of Alabama, and NCAA Division I student-athlete, I have been happily rooted in central Alabama for the past twenty-two years! I sought an out-of-state position to broaden my experiences and interact with different vulnerable populations from the ones I proudly served in Alabama. The NHC-Florida organization promotes a team-based environment that plays to my strengths gained from over a decade of competitive swimming, and the PLAYERS Center position plays to my passion of ensuring the next generation of Americans is both healthy and educated! Through my service, I hope to make a difference, not just in the present, but for the future.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I hope to improve upon my existing experiences with medically vulnerable populations and learn more about the American healthcare system. In the spirit of altruistic grassroots community service, I also hope to see tangible improvements in the lives of the citizens I serve. Additionally, I am excited to make new friends and meet new people within the NHC-Florida!
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
Currently, I plan on attending medical school in the fall of 2019 to earn my MD co-currently with an MPH certification and enter the public sector as a patient advocate.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
I will be finishing my MD/MPH education and will enter a residency program that lends itself to pursuing health activism either domestically or globally.