Kayla Clark

"Being a member of HealthCorps provides me with the opportunity to gain more real world experience working and developing programs for community organizations."

Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA

Educational Background:
Davidson College, B.S. in Biology

Host Site:
Philadelphia Department of Public Health - Health Center 9

Why did you join NHC?
I joined HealthCorps because I want to continue advocating for causes that strive to increase access to health care in underserved communities. Being a member of HealthCorps also provides me with the opportunity to gain more real world experience working and developing programs for community organizations.

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
After my time in AmeriCorps I plan on continuing working with organizations that focus on public health and pursue a graduate degree in public health.

Tell us about an employment, service, or research experience that was important to you.
Working with a non-profit environmental policy group helped spark my interest in the environmental health aspect of public health. I was able to interact with the different stakeholders involved in policy making and community organizing. My work with this organization talk me how intersectional many of the issues in our society are and the importance of making sure you address all of the factors that affect a community when trying to address problems.

What first sparked your interest in community service?
My time in college helped initiate my passion for community service. In college I was actively involved in volunteering and working with nonprofits and obtaining training on non-profit management. These opportunities have provided me with the chance to expand my knowledge of how different issues impact communities and resources that can be put in place to alleviate the burden put upon these communities.

What about Philadelphia excites you the most?
I am excited to go sight-seeing in a new city.

What’s your favorite food?
Mangoes