Briana - Prenatal Health Educator, Morris Heights Health Center Women’s Health and Birthing Pavilion in the Bronx
Hometown: New Hampshire
What have you gained from your AmeriCorps experience thus far? I’ve learned how much I didn’t know and how entrenched and extensive the disparities in our health and economic systems are, while meeting many incredibly dedicated and inspirational people who are steadily chipping away at these inequalities without any desire for widespread recognition . I’ve met awesome mothers-to-be who are excited about the challenge despite many others they are facing, and I’ve talked with others who are struggling to keep their heads above water. I’ve met people who have been working in health education for as long as I’ve been alive and who maintain an intrinsic motivation in spite of, or because of, what they’ve seen, and I’ve spoken with people who have lost faith in their work and in their ability to change the system. In addition to a Spanish vocabulary consisting mostly of childbirth and breastfeeding terms and a tendency to expound on the benefits of breastfeeding to anyone within earshot, I’ve gained a new understanding of the challenges that people encounter, the grit with which they often face them and, ultimately, a passion for health education that I believe I’ll take with me to medical school and throughout my medical career.
How do you spend your free time? Running, exploring the city, tutoring and reading
What are your plans after your year of service? Medical school