Ayana Taylor

“I joined the National Health Corps because I wanted an opportunity to go to a new city, make a difference in a community, and get a realistic experience in a public health setting.”

Educational Background: Bachelor of Science from Howard University

Host Site: Cribs for Kids Advocate at Maternity Care Coalition

Why did you join National Health Corps?
I joined the National Health Corps because I wanted an opportunity to go to a new city, make a difference in a community, and get a realistic experience in a public health setting. As well, I hope to one day work as a physician in an inner city clinic and this year of service will allow me to get a little taste before then!

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
After my AmeriCorps service I plan to go to medical school.

Tell us about an employment, service, or research experience that was important to you.
The last two summers I have worked as a nurse helper at a Christian sports camp called Kids Across America. As a helper I was responsible for keeping the health center clean, organizing camper medication and paperwork, taking care of sick campers, driving campers to the emergency room as needed, and providing first aid services. It was an awesome opportunity to meet and form relationships with a number of different health care professionals (nurses, PAs, and physicians) as well as do more up close and personal service than I would have ever been able to do in a hospital. The opportunity allowed me to learn a ton and get directly involved in improving the health of the campers.

What first sparked your interest in community service?
I don't remember my first experience with community service but I love being able to help others and provide for their needs. During my lifetime, I have received knowledge and guidance from people in my community, I can afford to do the same.

What about Philadelphia excites you the most?
I'm excited about exploring the city, experiencing new cultures, and trying new foods!

What is your favorite food?
Mexican

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA