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: Elisabet Eppes
Service Term: 2009-2010
Host Site: Jacksonville Children’s Commission (now Kids Hope Alliance)
Elisabet applied for the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program right after graduating from college because she wanted practical public health experience and to serve to improve the health status of low-income populations.
As a nutrition educator with the Jacksonville Children’s Commission (now Kids Hope Alliance), she traveled to different elementary and middle schools in Duval County to teach basic nutrition principles in the TEAM UP after-school program. Elisabet’s service gave her the valuable skills needed for her career in public health now, such as outreach, evaluations and relationship-building, in addition to increasing her interest and passion for providing equal access to healthy food for low-income communities. She applied for a Master of Public Health program in nutrition as soon as her term ended, and since graduating, has been working as a public policy associate for the National WIC Association in Washington, DC. She lobbies Congress and the Administration on behalf of WIC, the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and referral services to families in need. Elisabet loves working for WIC because their mission exemplifies what she is passionate about. “I thank AmeriCorps for providing me with my first public health experience and inspiring me to pursue a career in public health nutrition,” Elisabet said.