Sophia Naide

"As an undergraduate, I researched the history of eugenics in my home state of Virginia. This history demonstrates how medical science intersects with race, gender, and class to shape health policy and practice."

Hometown:
Alexandria, VA

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from University of Virginia

Host Site:
Philadelphia Department of Public Health - Health Center 10

Why did you join NHC?
I joined NHC so I could use my knowledge and skills to address barriers to healthcare access. My role will enable me to assist consumers in navigating their health insurance and engaging with healthcare. I hope to make a positive difference for the people I serve while also gaining valuable experience in public health.

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I plan to earn a Master's of Public Health.

Tell us about an employment, service, or research experience that was important to you.
As an undergraduate, I researched the history of eugenics in my home state of Virginia. This history demonstrates how medical science intersects with race, gender, and class to shape health policy and practice. The research experience furthered my passion for health equity and addressing the interaction of health and social issues.

What first sparked your interest in community service?
My Jewish upbringing placed great value on social justice, so from an early age, I was instilled with a sense of responsibility to address the needs in my community. I want to live in a world where every person is empowered to thrive. Community service is part of what I can do to realize that world.

What about Philadelphia excites you the most?
The arts scene. Philadelphia is rich with creative energy, which I'm excited to experience as a music fan and writer.

What’s your favorite food?
Fruit