Why were you interested in joining our AmeriCorps program at AHS? I was interested in joining the AmeriCorps program at AHS because of the opportunity to work with a community I am so closely passionate about as well as being able to attain the training experience and close-knit community that an AmeriCorps program offers. I wanted to be involved with a program more responsibly and respectfully serving communities bigger than ourselves.
What motivates you as the IBCCP Health Educator? As the IBCCP Health Educator I am motivated by the reactions and experiences patients express to me after having seen the physician and our department. The look on their faces when they are able to receive free services that might not otherwise be offered to them at any other clinic due to lack of insurance, is so heart-warming. My day-to-day direct service and interactions with my patients is a reminder that I love being able to aid and guide women on their journey to accessing the healthcare resources they need as women.
If you could describe your AmeriCorps experience so far in one word or phrase, what would it be? My AmeriCorps experience thus far can be described as an enlightening journey. The learning aspects of my year never stop and I am forever grateful for this experience. It has introduced me to influential and inspiring individuals as well as created a gateway network of a plethora of other programs around the Chicagoland area doing amazing work. Truthfully, I don’t want this journey to end.
What do you hope to give to the clients you serve? I hope to give a pathway of resources and accessibility to the clients I serve. Easy accessibility and a free service for women is a rarity to find in clinics around the US.
What impact do the clients you serve have on you? The clients I serve have the impact of providing a perspective for me that allows me to enjoy my work. To me, seeing a woman who could be my mother, my daughter, my sister, or my friend – appropriately seek these resources at a free-cost entices me to want to continuously serve more.
What are you most proud of so far in your service year? I am most proud of the trials and tribulations I have faced in my service-year thus far. Having reached my first-year of post-grad, no one teaches you how to prepare for the “real-world”. At this point in time, the experiences I have attained in my service-year thus far have introduced me to lessons, successes, failures, my strengths, and my weaknesses – which, I personally think is the most important aspect of a job one can attain.
If you could go back in time, what year or period would you travel to and why? I would travel to the 80s. I’ve always wondered what living in that time would have been like. I feel like I would have loved it.. the ambiance, the people, the vibes. More importantly, the prices of the economy at that time!
If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? I wish I could master the skill of being more patient. I’ve always been one to practice patience externally, but internally I am stressing out about a million and 1 things that require the art of patience to be able to omit such a feeling, in my opinion.
If you could create any work of art, what would it be about? If I could create any work of art, it would be a series of a splash between aesthetically-pleasing modernized, yet neo-classical photos depicting the stories of people in this era. I’d like for it to be a gallery that would essentially highlight and showcase the point of everyone coming from different backgrounds and experiences. I would most likely call it “Faces of Experience”.
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