Educational background: Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology, University of Pittsburgh
What is your title and role at your host site?
I am the Outreach Coordinator for fitUnited Pittsburgh, a health and wellness initiative of the United Way and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh that assists out-of-school programs create healthy environments for children by increasing physical activity and improving nutrition. I will be assisting in expanding this initiative to more out-of-school programs in the hopes that fitUnited will provide a healthier lifestyle for more children in the Pittsburgh area.
Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
As a molecular biology student, I spent a lot of time in the research lab. Although I knew that the research I was conducting could one day save lives, I felt compelled to help the world in a more immediate way. National Health Corps gave me the opportunity to still be a part of the health field but in a position that would allow me to directly serve my Pittsburgh community.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
Over the course of the year, I would like to learn more about the various barriers that prevent children in the Pittsburgh area from accessing well balanced meals that allow them to lead a healthier life. I hope that learning what these barriers are and how they arise will inspire me to find solutions to ensure no child is deprived of achieving good health because they are unable to access a healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
After serving with AmeriCorps, I plan on entering law school and eventually obtain a health law degree.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I plan on using my law degree and experience gained from my year of service with the National Health Corps to begin breaking down the legal and political barriers that prevent millions of Americans from accessing the health care they need. Like many Americans, I dream of the day that everyone in our country has easy and equal access to health care. The journey to achieving this may be a long one, but every step I help my country take in this direction will be worthwhile.