Educational background: B.S Public Health
What is your title and role at your host site?
Nutrition Educator - ACHD WIC Program. My position includes participant outreach in order collect data and assist with time flow studies. In addition, it calls for the creation of nutrition education bulletins for offices and displays for stores that inform the public about WIC and/or nutritious foods. I also assist and accompany participants in grocery shopping at Farmers Markets.
Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I joined AmeriCorps because it gives me a chance to witness public health in action and see how certain decisions are impacting the individuals within our communities. Also, I grew up in a family that volunteered and gave back to communities on a regular basis. I wanted to use my education and experiences to continue that tradition.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I hope to gain new insights on how health disparities affect those in our communities and how their situations are currently being handled. I also hope to gain new perspectives regarding health, whether it be simple or controversial.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I plan on continuing my education in order to provide treatment and care in the field of oncology.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I picture myself as a health care professional, traveling, and making a difference.