Tejaswini Nallanagulagari

"During college, I was an HIV test counselor. I tested students for HIV and worked with them to develop practical plans to reduce risk of HIV and STI transmission. Through these interactions, I learned to appreciate the importance of understanding and respecting each person's story, as more than a means toward a clinical diagnosis."

Hometown:
Columbus, OH

Educational Background:
The Ohio State University, B.S. in Biochemistry and Microbiology

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

Why did you join NHC?
I was drawn to NHC's mission to alleviate healthcare disparities by directly helping the city's most underserved and vulnerable populations.

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
Medical school

Tell us about an employment, service, or research experience that was important to you.
During college, I was an HIV test counselor. I tested students for HIV and worked with them to develop practical plans to reduce risk of HIV and STI transmission. Through these interactions, I learned to appreciate the importance of understanding and respecting each person's story, as more than a means toward a clinical diagnosis.

What first sparked your interest in community service?
My fondest childhood memories are of our family village in South India where there was always a palpable sense of community. My grandpa suffered from polio as a child and is consequently, partially handicapped. I witnessed our village care for my grandpa as if he were a family member; these actions inspired me and cultivated my desire to pay it forward.

What about Philadelphia excites you the most?
The history. It's exciting to walk around Philly and imagine how our founding fathers walked some of these very streets.

What’s your favorite food?
My mom's mutton biryani with raita