Owen Dean

"I want to learn more about patient care and advocacy in underserved parts of the United States. The National Health Corps is the perfect way for me do it!"

Educational Background: Cornell '14, Biology

Host Site: Health & Benefits Advocate at the Family Practice and Counseling Network - The Health Annex

Why did you join National Health Corps?
I want to learn more about patient care and advocacy in underserved parts of the United States. The National Health Corps is the perfect way for me do it!

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I hope to attend medical school.

Tell us about an employment, service, or research experience that was important to you.
I recently returned from a Peace Corps service in Zambia. During my service, I learned how to speak a new language, how to train people how to fish farm, and about the health care challenges of sub-Saharan Africa. My Peace Corps experience reinforced my desire to work with patients in disadvantaged parts of the world and furthered my passion for national service.

What first sparked your interest in community service?
My father has been my role model for service. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer and is always volunteering. For example, he is currently helping teach ESL classes for refugees in Syracuse. My service is following his lead!

What about Philadelphia excites you the most?
I am excited to live in Philly for the first time and explore the city.

What is your favorite food?
seafood!

Hometown: Syracuse, NY