Mary Lindsay Cerulli

"I joined the National Health Corps because I want to use my educational privilege in a way that helps to make positive change in the health care system. I am excited to serve as a prenatal patient advocate and care coordinator in Southwest Philly and learn about the realities of navigating care."

Hometown:
Boston, MA

Educational Background:
University of Pennsylvania Class of 2017, BA in Health & Societies

Host Site:
Family Practice & Counseling Network: Health Annex

Why did you join NHC?
I joined the National Health Corps because I want to use my educational privilege in a way that helps to make positive change in the health care system. I am excited to serve as a prenatal patient advocate and care coordinator in Southwest Philly and learn about the realities of navigating care.

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
After AmeriCorps I plan to go to nursing school in order to pursue a career in reproductive health care and public health.

Tell us about an employment, service, or research experience that was important to you.
One of my most meaningful experiences during college was volunteering with the Reach-A-Peer Helpline, a confidential, student-run service that offers support over the phone, online, and by text. RAPline taught me how to really listen and be there for somebody struggling without imposing your own views or expecting to solve their problems.

What first sparked your interest in community service?
My first independent experience with community service was with Samaritans, a suicide prevention hotline in Boston MA. I wanted to be part of an organization that advocated for mental health support and directly served the city of Boston.

What about Philadelphia excites you the most?
I love Philly! I've lived here for the past four years but I am excited to explore new parts of the city and become a regular at my favorite neighborhood spots.

What’s your favorite food?
Anything chocolate