Pittsburgh Members

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

The Jesuit mission of service was a continuous educational theme throughout my undergraduate studies at Saint Louis University. In every course, the idea of serving others connected every lesson together, and I recognized that my desire to eventually practice medicine is rooted in advocacy and empathy for vulnerable populations. My inspiring experiences at SLU urged me to continue putting my Jesuit education into practice. As a result, I was intrigued with AmeriCorps' dual intent in providing both real-life education and a meaningful work experience before attending medical school.
Throughout my clinical experiences, I began to appreciate how people of diverse cultures and belief systems may perceive health, illness, and disease differently, and their reflective response to treatments. From a public health perspective, I now understand that quality patient care extends beyond treating illness, but equipping communities with the resources and education to sustain their health. Therefore, I believe that the National Health Corps provides me an opportunity to improve population health and promote sustainable development in vulnerable communities.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

I’ve already completed a year of service with the National HealthCorps and have decided to complete a second year at the health department to be able to compare working in the non-profit world to working for a governmental agency.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

I firmly believe health care is a human right, and in my future, I hope to work with underserved populations to alleviate health disparities. NHC seemed like an amazing opportunity to get hands-on experience in the field of public health and to learn more about what role I see myself having in the future.

 

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

I decided to take a year off before continuing with my education so that I could experience, first-hand, the realities and obstacles commonly faced while working to reduce inequities in underserved communities. My year serving with AmeriCorps will be my time to act on these problems and to build a foundation dedicated to service that will carry on into my future education and career.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

I joined the National Health Corps for several reasons. I fell in love with service while doing a term with AmeriCorps during college, wanted to do a second year of service before applying to graduate school, and fell in love with public health and the city of Pittsburgh!

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

I am hoping to gain more experience in the field, to narrow my focus and gain valuable professional skills. I am also hoping to develop a better understanding of the core public health issues our nation is facing today.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

I joined NHC because  I wanted to spend my gap year gaining professional experience in the Public Health realm, while also having a positive impact on the Pittsburgh community.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

For the last couple of years, I have been particularly interested in better understanding why health disparities arise, and hopefully, how we can improve them. Throughout my undergraduate years, I received extensive laboratory and scientific training, but I realized that my experience in low income health care is rather limited. I was motivated to join the NHC because I wanted to have a positive impact on the community while also broadening my experiences with underserved patients.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

I joined AmeriCorps/National Health Corps so that I could serve and educate my local community and reduce health disparities in the Pittsburgh area. I also felt that being a part of this program would allow me to truly be a part of something bigger, something that would benefit both the people I work with every day and my professional goals to serve my neighbors anywhere I can.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

Wanted to spend a year in public service after undergrad, didn’t want to go straight to medical school, wanted to live somewhere as far outside my comfort zone as possible

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

I joined AmeriCorps to gain a deeper understanding for the health disparities facing my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. I hope to give back to my community by making a positive impact in the lives of the underserved population of Pittsburgh.

 

What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?

Through studying molecular biology as an undergraduate, I developed an understanding of health and healing at a cellular level. My graduate studies in global health complemented that by granting me a comprehension of health challenges at the population level. However, it was through my empirical experiences in healthcare delivery around the world that I developed a resolve to fight health disparities, advocate for social justice, and alleviate human suffering at the community level through combined efforts in medicine and public health. As such, NHC seemed like the perfect opportunity to do precisely that before starting medical school next year.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

I joined AmeriCorps because I have done previous programs of service in AmeriCorps and loved the experiences and relationships I gained from those experiences. I specifically decided on the NHC because I hope to one-day work in health care and hope my experiences in this program will provide me with insight and understanding of what I will face in the future.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

I wanted to serve the community that I have grown to call home in a meaningful and impactful way while exploring my interests in public health, and the Health Corps seemed like an excellent way to accomplish this.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

To help underserved populations attain better health and develop myself into a more capable public servant and advocate on their behalf.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

I have a passion for serving the community through healthcare. My family has a long history of military service and I would like for this opportunity to be my way of giving back. This opportunity would allow me to not only help others, but also learn what factors are at the forefront of health concerns for underserved communities. I hope to learn how to better serve these communities in a hands-on way before I pursue a career in healthcare so that I can bring that knowledge with me to tailor my education towards those needs and serve as a better advocate for the community.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

I joined the NHC to further my understanding of how to serve disadvantaged populations and how community involvement can aid in bridging gaps to healthcare.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

I wanted to pursue an opportunity that would integrate my interests in service and the healthcare field. I thought about what I wanted to do with my gap year, and wanted to challenge myself to do something unexpected and get out of my comfort zone. I think my year with NHC will be a great learning experience, and provide me with real life experiences that I can take into my career in the medical field. It will also be a chance to give back and work with like-minded individuals to continue to improve healthcare for the underserved.

 

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

I have a great love for cities. The great curse of cities, though, is that they can shape health behaviors in a negative way. The health disparities that exist in cities has been largely ignored for quite some time, and I find my place in the world to be working against these disparities. National Health Corps allows me the unique opportunity to place myself in the field of community health.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

I joined AmeriCorps because I have a passion for serving others. I specifically chose to serve with National Health Corps Pittsburgh because I seek to gain a greater understanding of healthcare in underserved communities. This is a specific area of medicine that I want to be involved in one day as a physician and my love of service has enlivened this mission. NHC will help give me some exposure to this area of healthcare and give me the opportunity to create relationships with patients in the Pittsburgh community as I serve.