Andrew Romaine

"By forcing me to tackle new problems, interact with new people, and engage with a new environment, I believe NHC provides the challenge I need to further my post-college development and prepare myself for medical school and life beyond."

Educational Background: UNC-Chapel Hill (2015)

Host Site: Insurance Specialist at Philadelphia Department of Public Health - Ambulatory Health Services, Health Center 3

Why did you join National Health Corps?
Joining National Health Corps was a step outside of my comfort zone. By forcing me to tackle new problems, interact with new people, and engage with a new environment, I believe NHC provides the challenge I need to further my post-college development and prepare myself for medical school and life beyond.

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
After AmeriCorps, I hope to attend medical school, where I hope to apply what I learn from helping patients get signed up for health insurance at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

Tell us about an employment, service, or research experience that was important to you.
I've spent the past two years working at UNC-Chapel Hill's Brain and Body Health Program, a free health care service for retired NFL football players. Through my involvement, I have learned about the mental and physical challenges players face in the transition to life off the field.

What first sparked your interest in community service?
Much of my inspiration for community service comes from my mom, who has shown me the values of creating a community-wide safety net by leading a non-profit hunger-relief organization and a living wage campaign in Chapel Hill.

What about Philadelphia excites you the most?
Running the Rocky Steps at the art museum

What’s your favorite food?
Louisiana gumbo

Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC