Pragnya Iyengar

Educational background

B.S. in Neuroscience with Spanish and Chemistry minors from the University of Pittsburgh

What is your title and role at your host site? 

I am the Maternal Child Health Coordinator and work with mothers and women of child bearing age to improve their health before their next pregnancy by identifying and addressing health risks associated with adverse birth outcomes. 

Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps? 

Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer at different hospital and clinic settings. Through this process, I’ve learned a lot about the underserved populations, especially around Pittsburgh. For this reason, one of the issues I am most passionate about in regards to existing disparities is adequate access to healthcare and health education, especially for minorities, immigrants, and those living under poverty. As a recent college graduate I initially felt that there was little I could do to help those who needed it most, however, after learning about AmeriCorps and the numerous ways that I could help the underprivileged, I knew that this was the best way for me to spend the next year of my life. 

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

I hope to one day become a doctor. For this reason, my main goal as an AmeriCorps member is to hone my skills in interacting with patients of varying backgrounds, whether that be socioeconomic, ethnic, gender, sexual, racial, or more. By reaching out to so many different individuals within my community, I will be able to better serve similar patients as a future physician.

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service? 

I hope to go to medical school immediately after my year with AmeriCorps and continue working with the underprivileged and underserved populations during this time. In the future, I want to join other organizations similar to AmeriCorps, such as Doctors Without Borders, to continue helping people.

Where do you envision yourself in 5 years? 

I will hopefully have graduated medical school and begun my residency.

Home Town:
Plainsboro, NJ
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