Humans of NHC: Melinda Harville

Posted on: May 13, 2022Chicago

This career path chose me. When I started, I didn’t know there was a name for it. Now, I am a Coordinator for Food Farmacy in Community Health. 

Seeing people doing better and living well is a great inspiration to me. People generally don’t understand or create healthy lifestyle habits until they have already gotten sick. I take pride in providing preventative measures so that people I care for can change their way of life early on.  

I realized this profession was for me when I became a community health worker. People I serve always come back to my Food Farmacies. They appreciate the work my team and I do to ensure they have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. To further my education and career, I am going to be earning a Master’s in Public Health this year.

This position comes with challenges. Funding is a big one. I want to be able to provide things for everyone in need. It's frustrating to want to help everyone when I can't. Sometimes you have to work with others who just do not see your vision. When this happens, I take a step back and realize that the work I do is worth it because the people that I can help greatly appreciate it. They tell me that my Food Farmacies are making a difference in their diet. Their blood sugar levels are decreasing. They’re losing weight. Their diets and health conditions are improving.   

I have plans to expand the Food Farmacy program to all 3 southern region Advocate Hospitals. I want to offer healthy meal preparation and food storage workshops for participants. I see my vision, and I can't wait to bring it to life.

Melinda Harville 

Lead Community Health Worker and Food Farmacy Coordinator

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About the Author:

Janeya Beaton-Burton

Pronouns: 

she/her                                                                          

Host Site: 

Advocate Trinity Hospital

Position Title: 

Health Educator for Diabetes Prevention

Where are you from? 

I was born and raised in Chicago, IL. I consider the heart of the city to be my home.

Why did you decide to join NHC? 

Host Site

2320 E. 93rd St.
Chicago, IL 60617
2320 E. 93rd St.
Chicago, IL 60617