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.
Alumnus: Danny Glenn
Service Term: 2014-2015
Host Site: Florida Department of Health Baker County
For Danny, his service term at National Health Corps Florida was the first major step on his path of becoming a physician.
“Without AmeriCorps, I wouldn’t have been able to demonstrate to my post-baccalaureate program of medical school that I was committed to working in the healthcare field,” Danny said. “It also showed my passion for community service and working with underserved populations.”
Danny’s biggest takeaway was a newfound confidence, specifically in making connections with people from all different walks of life. “I began my service term unsure if I had what it took to be any kind of caregiver, and I left knowing I would succeed no matter the path I chose,” he said. His fellow AmeriCorps members taught him teamwork and showed him “the true value of grit.” After his service term ended, Danny returned to his hometown in Philadelphia where he completed a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate through La Salle University, while working as a receptionist at an urgent care center and volunteering at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center of Philadelphia. He started medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. He plans to finish medical school and train in a military residency in internal medicine.