Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Minor in Biology from the University of South Carolina
What is your title and role at your host site?
I am the Diabetes Quality Improvement Assistant at Shadyside Family Health Center. I counsel patients with diabetes on lifestyle management in both one-on-one and group settings. I also assist residents with their quality improvement projects and create my own.
Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
Service has been a central part of my identity throughout my life. I knew that National Health Corps was the right fit for me because it aligned with my previous experiences, future goals and is grounded in service and civic engagement.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I hope to gain experience each day in building strong, trusting relationships with my patients so that I can best motivate and support them through changes that allow them to regain control over their health and improve their quality of life. My goal is to learn how to be a better advocate for patients.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I am currently in the process of applying to medical school. I hope to matriculate in the Fall of 2020 following my year of service.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In five years I hope to be finishing up my time in medical school and preparing to continue training in residency. In whatever specialty I choose, I know that I will continue to be involved in my community through service and that I will remain actively working to improve care for all communities, particularly minorities and underserved populations.