AmeriCorps Week, a celebration of all things AmeriCorps is March 11-17. Each day, we’re highlighting the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps alumni that have served at various public health-focused nonprofits and government organizations across Northeast Florida since 2004.
The Coalition has supported NHC Florida since its inception and has handled the administrative and fiscal responsibilities of the program since August 2013. NHC Florida alumni continue to successfully grow out of a year of service into careers that both meet their professional goals and personally give back to the community.
Alumna: Alicia Seggelink
Service Term: 2012-2013
Host Site: Beaches Community Healthcare (now Sulzbacher Beaches Clinic)
Alicia decided to serve a year with National Health Corps Florida to give her to time to those in need before attending medical school, but it became the beginning of a lifetime of service. She found that medical schools and residency programs valued the skills and experienced gained through the program, but it also shaped her approach to health care and helped her be an advocate for her patients.
Alicia accepted positions with both her host site, Beaches Community Healthcare (now Sulzbacher Beaches Clinic), and the NHC Florida program site after completing her term. She later began her journey toward becoming a physician at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University. In her fourth year, she chose to do an elective rotation in Jacksonville.
“Being in the city again reaffirmed all I have worked for over the last few years,” Alicia said. “It reminded me of where my passion for community service and community medicine really flourished, and I was reinvigorated to ensure that my focus remains service-oriented.”
Alicia plans pursue a career in family medicine, serving in a community clinic or coordinating the programming aimed at addressing needs to underserved populations when she graduates in a few months.