Nicole Paul

Educational background: University of Pennsylvania: B.A. in Biological Basis of Behavior (Neuroscience), Minor in Bioethics

What is your title and role at your host site?

I am a Patient Navigator at the Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Care Center. I will support patients by connecting them with services and helping them navigate health care systems.

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?

My motivation for joining the AmeriCorps is rooted in two factors: a desire to serve communities by working for an organization dedicated to improving public health and the belief that this is the best time in my life to do so. Firstly, I am passionate the medical field and am excited to help community members while simultaneously having the opportunity to better understand health care disparities. Secondly, I believe that I am in the ideal position to best serve as a corps member. As a recent college graduate, I will be able to fully dedicate my time to working for a host site, collaborating with other NHC members, and supporting patients at the Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center. 

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

I’m hoping to gain “real world” experience that will allow me to approach medical school with new, practical insight. My previous experiences have shown me that public health care does not just encompass medical services; instead, it also includes nutrition and accessibility, among other components. I believe that the National Health Corps will increase my knowledge of health care systems, as well as provide me with more clinical exposure before beginning my medical education.

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?

After my AmeriCorps service, I hope to begin medical school and possibly pursue an MD/MPH.

Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?

In my professional aspirations, I want to combine two of my passions -- human biological sciences and public health care -- to serve in meaningful positions that will benefit others. Overall, I aspire to work with people on an individual level, while also focusing on interventions to improve population health. In 5 years, I will hopefully be finishing medical school and working toward my long-term professional goals.

Home Town:
Irwin, PA
Host Site: