Talia Charidah

“I believe that the National Health Corps program in particular will provide me with the opportunities to use my knowledge and skills to enact change and help to enhance the livelihood of marginalized groups.”

Educational Background: Villanova University '16 (Biology)

Host Site: Clinic Liasion at Nationalities Services Center

Why did you join National Health Corps?
I believe that the National Health Corps program in particular will provide me with the opportunities to use my knowledge and skills to enact change and help to enhance the livelihood of marginalized groups. I felt that NHC would expose me to different aspects of health and wellness through the promotion of education, access, and different services. I discovered my passion for public health specifically over the past several years, and I am still in the process of figuring out which area I would like to get involved with, which is why I felt that I was not ready to begin a masters program or a public health related job. I hope that this service year will help to solidify my true passion for health and advocating for the development of healthy communities.

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
After my AmeriCorps Service, I plan on pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Health.

Tell us about an employment, service, or research experience that was important to you.
During my junior year at Villanova, I had the opportunity to study community health and social policy in Durban, South Africa.  In class we focused on topics such as health communication strategies, access to healthcare, and health education. Through this learning I was able to explore the many determinants of health, such as race, class and gender, which can all contribute to the access that one has to healthcare, and more importantly the quality of this care. This experience not only sparked my interest in public health but helped me to discover my true passion for social justice.

What first sparked your interest in community service?
I experienced my first honest and true interest in community service once I began attending Villanova University, which puts great importance on service and examining issues of injustice while developing a life-long commitment to working for the common good. I had the opportunity to take part in numerous Habitat for Humanity service trips which allowed me to participate in hands on service as well as learning about issues like poverty, homelessness, and discrimination. Being a part of a university student body that works to develop relationships with communities outside of its own has been vital to my understanding and ultimate passion for continuing on with service after graduation.

What about Philadelphia excites you the most?
The music and the unique culture of the city.

What is your favorite food?
Nachos

Hometown: Long Island, New York