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: Amber Nase
Service Term: 2016-2017
Host Site: Tobacco-Free Jacksonville Coalition
Amber moved over a thousand miles from home and didn’t know anybody when she joined the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program. But with the support and guidance of AmeriCorps staff and peers and host site mentors she was able to gain both understanding and independence. They became her “second family,” according to Amber, teaching her to be more compassionate and have better understanding of health disparities in the community.
During her time serving with Tobacco-Free Jacksonville, she was exposed to the several challenges that exist within the public health realm and grow skills in health education, public speaking, networking and more. Amber is able to utilize the skills she learned during her term as a health educator at The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County. “AmeriCorps has helped me with my career goals by making me a more competitive player in the workforce through experiences and opportunities that I would not have acquired anywhere else,” Amber said.