AmeriCorps members getting things done through the years: Amanda (Hedemark) Rynard

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: Amanda (Hedemark) Rynard
Service Term: 2010-2011
Host Site: Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition

Amanda moved to Key West after her service term with the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition ended, but she stayed in the family. For four years, she was a care coordinator with the Monroe County Health Department’s Healthy Start program. She conducted health education, care coordination and home visits for over four years. She also became a teacher’s aide and a certified yoga instructor and enjoyed volunteering at a children’s summer camp teaching yoga to kids. Amanda is a wife to an officer in the United States Coast Guard, and she and her husband are stationed in Huntington, West Virginia where she stays at home to take care of their child.

Amanda served with AmeriCorps because she had a desire to make a positive impact to the underserved community in Jacksonville, Florida. She has said that her time as an outreach specialist with Healthy Start and National Health Corps Florida has made her aware of the health disparities that exist across the country, and she sees herself as an advocate for maternal and child health. The network of people that Amanda created while serving as an AmeriCorps member gave her the connections she needed to branch out to Key West’s Healthy Start program so she could continue to provide support and education to moms and babies.