Educational background: B.A. in Psychology and Minors in Creative Writing and Medical Anthropology from UNC Chapel Hill
What is your title and role at your host site?
As Community Outreach Coordinator at the Center for Opioid Recovery, I lead our Community Linkage Program in which I recruit new service partners in areas of need, such as housing, employment, education, and transportation. In addition to recruitment, I manage a data bank to organize community resources, and I educate staff about these relationships. I also assist with case management and facilitate warm-handoffs between our patients and non-healthcare agencies.
Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I joined the National Health Corps because it fit perfectly with my passion for service and desire to gain hands-on public health experience. I knew NHC would provide a unique opportunity for me to spend a year of direct service in a clinical setting, and I look forward to learning from both patients and providers on where our healthcare system is falling short, and how I can use that knowledge to make a meaningful difference in my community.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I am hoping to gain experience advocating for patients and navigating community resources for vulnerable populations. Additionally, I am hoping to gain a deeper understanding of our healthcare system and how I can contribute to making my community a more inclusive, equitable place for all. What are your plans after AmeriCorps service? I have not yet figured that out! I am currently in the process of applying to MSW, MPH, and M.Ed. programs and I hope this year will help clarify which direction I want to go. Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
I envision myself surrounded by people I love and in a profession where I can continue advocating for all individuals to have the resources they need to live healthy, happy lives.